Chief Officer – People and OD

This is a rare opportunity for someone who shares our values and ambition to embrace an exciting and varied senior leadership role at the very heart of one of the most critically important and impactful of public services.



A message from Sarah Crew, Chief Constable.

Dear Applicant

Avon and Somerset Police has an excellent reputation for innovation and in many ways we are quite different than other police services. I am delighted that you are interested in bringing your senior HR and organisation change expertise to our Chief Officer – People and Organisational Development role. You will be joining a dedicated, high-performing team, recognised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services as outstanding in terms of our resource management, future planning and efficiency.

Working with our dedicated and professional staff, helping and enabling them to deliver what is a very challenging and often stressful vital public service is a hugely rewarding position. We are keen to build on the legacy of our excellent outgoing lead in this area to help to further strengthen our internal communications and engagement with staff, increase the diversity of our workforce and help build confidence in British Policing generally, and for the people living, working or visiting the Avon and Somerset Police area. Working closely with me and the wider leadership team, you will have the opportunity to influence our organisation for the greater good of policing and public confidence in it.

Devising strategies which help us demonstrate to everyone the strong commitment and professionalism present at all levels within our service will be a central part of your role. You will also play a critical role in enhancing our internal engagement and communications to lever whole organisation involvement in this effort.

We have always been a supportive and engaging employer, and under your leadership, and working closely with the newly appointed Director of Communications and Engagement and the internal communications team, the People and OD team will extend its influence and positive impact within our organisation, and beyond.

To be clear, this is a role in which you will play an essential part in improving the safety of all our communities across the region. If you have the People and HR skills, expertise and passion needed to successfully drive change, I would very much welcome your application.