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Policing Professional Framework (PPF) Roles
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with the public and partner agencies in order to make policing more responsive in tackling local, force wide, regional or national priorities and increasing public confidence in the police.
Key Activities may include developing cohesive community engagement strategies and delivering strategic, multi-agency approaches designed to address community safety issues.
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards gathering, using, analysing or disseminating intelligence at a local, force wide, regional or national level to meet a range of operational policing requirements.
Key Activities may include developing overt and covert intelligence strategies in order to produce a range of intelligence products which support the requirements of a range of police operations.
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards the ongoing investigation and reduction of crime at a local, force wide, regional, or national level requiring enhanced knowledge, expertise and training.
Key Activities may include developing investigative strategies for gathering recording and retaining the material needed to establish whether a crime has been committed and who is responsible in order to bring offenders to justice.
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility strategically supports the day to day running of the organisation, its strategic infrastructure or who are responsible for delivering or converting products and processes into something that will be used by those delivering a frontline service.
Key Activities may be delivered through staff working within ICT, HR, Finance, Procurement, Transport Professional Standards and Corporate Development functions.
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards the first police response to an incident or crime. Undertaking the initial assessment and required police follow actions in order to resolve incidents, investigate crime or pursue and prosecute offenders.
Key Activities may include the initial interview of witnesses and arrest of suspects, the search of people and premises, the preparation of plans and the instigation of actions in response to emerging critical incidents.
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Deputy Chief Constable
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Assistant Chief Constable
The most senior operational police manager responsible for commanding larger departments, multiple functions or larger geographical areas on a day to day basis. Responsibilities include setting strategy and operational policy and authorising operational activity in line with legislative powers accorded to the rank.
A senior manager responsible for the setting of strategy and day to day operational policy across a single department or a range of policing responsibilities and authorising operational activity in line with legislative powers accorded to the rank.
A senior middle manager responsible for co-ordinating the work of teams of sworn constables, sergeants inspectors and civilian police personnel or managing a department with specific geographical or functional responsibility for a variety of law enforcement and related tasks.
A middle manager responsible for supervising the ranks of constable and sergeant. Responsible for controlling, planning, organising and authorising the work of a range of sworn and civilian police personnel in a variety of law enforcement and related tasks and for managing an assigned specialist function.
The first level of supervision in police law enforcement. Responsible for exercising day to day, general and technical supervision to sworn and civilian personnel involved in a variety of law enforcement and related tasks and to perform or supervise specialised work assignments.
The frontline of the criminal justice system. Under general supervision, but often operating independently. Serves as a peace officer performing a wide range of duties to enforce the law through a range of sworn powers including arrest, search, detention and interview.
Policing Professional Framework (PPF)
To carry out this role you must be a competent Constable.
National Occupational Standards (NOS)
A Detective Constable must be able to
Conduct serious and complex investigations
Interview victims and witnesses in relation to serious and complex investigations
Interview suspects in relation to serious and complex investigations
Gathers, verifies and assesses all appropriate and available information to gain an accurate understanding of situations. Considers a range of possible options before making clear, timely, justifiable decisions. Reviews decisions in the light of new information and changing circumstances. Balances risks, costs and benefits, thinking about the wider impact of decisions. Exercises discretion and applies professional judgement, ensuring actions and decisions are proportionate and in the public interest.
Openness to change
Positive about change, adapting rapidly to different ways of working and putting effort into making them work. Flexible and open to alternative approaches to solving problems. Finds better, more cost-effective ways to do things, making suggestions for change. Takes an innovative and creative approach to solving problems.
Understands the organisation's objectives and priorities, and how own work fits into these. Plans and organises tasks effectively, taking a structured and methodical approach to achieving outcomes. Manages multiple tasks effectively by thinking things through in advance, prioritising and managing time well. Focuses on the outcomes to be achieved, working quickly and accurately and seeking guidance when appropriate.
Acts with integrity, in line with the values and ethical standards of the Police Service. Takes ownership for resolving problems, demonstrating courage and resilience in dealing with difficult and potentially volatile situations. Acts on own initiative to address issues, showing a strong work ethic and demonstrating extra effort when required. Upholds professional standards, acting honestly and ethically, and challenges unprofessional conduct or discriminatory behaviour. Asks for and acts on feedback, learning from experience and developing own professional skills and knowledge. Remains calm and professional under pressure, defusing conflict and being prepared to step forward and take control when required.
Demonstrates a real belief in public service, focusing on what matters to the public and will best serve their interests. Understands the expectations, changing needs and concerns of different communities, and strives to address them. Builds public confidence by talking with people in local communities to explore their viewpoints and break down barriers between them and the police. Understands the impact and benefits of policing for different communities, and identifies the best way to deliver services to them. Works in partnership with other agencies to deliver the best possible overall service to the public.
Working with others
Works co-operatively with others to get things done, willingly giving help and support to colleagues. Is approachable, developing positive working relationships. Explains things well, focusing on the key points and talking to people using language they understand. Listens carefully and asks questions to clarify understanding, expressing own views positively and constructively. Persuades people by stressing the benefits of a particular approach, keeps them informed of progress and manages their expectations. Is courteous, polite and considerate, showing empathy and compassion. Deals with people as individuals and addresses their specific needs and concerns. Treats people with respect and dignity, dealing with them fairly and without prejudice regardless of their background or circumstances.