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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)
Assimilates complex information quickly, weighing up alternatives and making sound, timely decisions. Gathers and considers all relevant and available information, seeking out and listening to advice from specialists. Asks incisive questions to test facts and assumptions, and gain a full understanding of the situation. Identifies the key issues clearly, and the inter-relationship between different options at a local and national level, assessing the costs, risks and benefits of each. Prepared to make the ultimate decision, even in conditions of ambiguity and uncertainty. Makes clear, proportionate and justifiable decisions, reviewing these as necessary.
Leading strategic change
Thinks in the long term, establishing a compelling vision based on the values of the Police Service, and a clear direction for the force. Instigates and delivers structural and cultural change, thinking beyond the constraints of current ways of working, and is prepared to make radical change when required. Identifies better ways to deliver value for money services that meet both local and national needs, encouraging creativity and innovation within the force and partner organisations.
Leading the workforce
Inspires people to meet challenging organisational goals, creating and maintaining the momentum for change. Gives direction and states expectations clearly. Talks positively about policing and what it can achieve, building pride and self-esteem. Creates enthusiasm and commitment throughout the force by rewarding good performance, and giving genuine recognition and praise. Promotes learning and development within the force, giving honest and constructive feedback to colleagues and investing time in coaching and mentoring staff.
Translates the vision into action by establishing a clear strategy and ensuring appropriate structures are in place to deliver it. Sets ambitious but achievable timescales and deliverables, and monitors progress to ensure strategic objectives are met. Identifies and removes blockages to performance, managing the workforce and resources to deliver maximum value for money. Defines what good practice looks like, highlighting good practice. Confronts underperformance and ensures it is addessed. Delegates responsibilities appropriately and empowers people to make decisions, holding them to account for delivery.
Acts with integrity, in line with the values and ethical standards of the Police Service. Delivers on promises, demonstrating personal commitment, energy and drive to get things done. Defines and reinforces standards, demonstrating these personally and fostering a culture of personal responsibility throughout the force. Asks for and acts on feedback on own approach, continuing to learn and adapt to new circumstances. Takes responsibility for making tough or unpopular decisions, demonstrating courage and resilience in difficult situations. Remains calm and professional under pressure and in conditions of uncertainty. Openly acknowledges shortcomings in service and commits to putting them right.
Promotes a real belief in public service, focusing on what matters to the public and will best serve their interests. Ensures that all staff understand the expectations, changing needs and concerns of different communities, and strive to address them. Builds public confidence by actively engaging with different communities, agencies and strategic stakeholders, developing effective partnerships at a local and national level. Understands partners' perspectives and priorities, working co-operatively with them to develop future public services within budget constraints, and deliver the best possible overall service to the public.
Working with others
Builds effective working relationships through clear communication and a collaborative approach. Maintains visibility and ensures communication processes work effectively throughout the force and with external bodies. Consults widely and involves people in decision-making, speaking in a way they understand and can engage with. Treats people with respect and dignity regardless of their background or circumstances, promoting equality and the elimination of discrimination. Treats people as individuals, showing tact, empathy and compassion. Negotiates effectively with local and national bodies, representing the interests of the Police Service. Sells ideas convincingly, setting out benefits of a particular approach, and striving to reach mutually beneficial solutions. Expresses own views positively and constructively. Fully commits to team decisions.