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Vacancy Information

Division / Department - Police and Crime Commissioner
Grade - Band 2
Status - Full Time or Happy to Talk Flexible Working
Contract Type - Fixed Term Contract
Salary Grade Range - £38,979 - £56,223
Working Hours - 36.0 Hours per Week
Shift Allowance - No
Politically Restricted - Yes

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range and will be pro-rata if the working hours are less than full time.

The Role

This is a fixed term contract until end of March 2025.

This is a partnership post hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Within the Commissioner’s team the post-holder will report to the Head of Policy and Commissioning.

The Serious Violence Programme Lead will provide policy, strategy and programme management expertise in the delivery of the Serious Violence Duty. Priority activity will involve designing and supporting the required governance and partnership structures, developing a strategic needs assessment and Serious Violence Reduction Strategy.

The role will operate within a dynamic political, strategic and policy context. The post-holder will be managing a wide range of stakeholder relationships to encourage partnership collaboration, working with and alongside the people who use services so their voice is heard. The post-holder will be responsible for supporting and working alongside the specified authorities which are;

• Police
• Justice (Probation services and Youth Offending Teams)
• Fire and Rescue
• Health (Integrated Care Boards)
• Local authorities (Surrey County Council)
• District and Borough Councils
• Schools and the Education Authority must collaborate
• Prison Services must collaborate as requested

The post holder will work closely with the Home Office and their commissioned evaluators. They are expected to be able to influence, persuade and motivate partners to drive the best outcome for residents and specifically victims of serious violence; and the delivery of the Surrey Serious Violence Strategy.

The post holder will be responsible for management of the Serious Violence funding being held on behalf of the partnership by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office. The funding is targeted towards preventing Serious Violence and will, through the development of the Serious Violence Reduction Strategy, commission interventions and award grants.

The post-holder will also be responsible for providing advice on Serious Violence policy, acting as an initial point of contact for stakeholders’ enquiries. They will also work closely with the Commissioner’s Policy and Commissioning Team and the wider office to deliver on the Commissioner’s Police & Crime Plan.

Key Responsibilities

Provide advice to develop policy and strategy that ensures the PCC and the specified authorities stay ahead of the field in carrying out their responsibilities to the Serious Violence duty.

Ensure that the PCC and the specified authorities meet all their statutory obligations in relation to the Serious Violence duty, including meeting the milestones, identifying emerging needs and the appropriate use of funding allocated to the PCC by the Home Office to support the delivery of the Serious Violence duty.

Advise on the analysis and interpretation of data, identify trends and test solutions, present results and put forward recommendations to support the resolution of issues and support decision making.

Act as the lead for the development of the serious violence needs assessment, ensuring data from across the specified authorities is captured and analysed in relation to serious violence.

Work collaboratively, developing and maintaining effective links and working relationships with the specified authorities and the wider partnership who also have responsibilities to ensure the Serious Violence Duty is met.

Act as professional lead both internally and externally in the area of serious violence, attending internal and external boards, representing the specified authorities when required.

Work with other policy officers in the region to share and develop best practice in the serious violence policy area and collaborate on work as appropriate

Develop and implement serious violence related initiatives and programmes on behalf of the partnership.

Advise the partnership on issues and projects likely to be of media interest in relation relevant policy area

Carry out research projects as required by the partnership, including project scoping, budget management, project planning to meet deadlines, consultation with public and partners and delivery.

Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade and character of work as may be reasonably required, including specific duties of a similar or lesser graded post.

Maintain and update professional knowledge in relation to serious violence and advise on topical issues of practice and development at a local, regional and national level, helping to share good practice.

Budgetary Accountabilities:
Responsible for overseeing the management of the funding for the implementation of the Serious Violence Duty totaling £936,016.14

Making bids to secure additional funding from central government and other sources that can increase the budget significantly and managing the appropriate use of these funds.

Managing applications for grants and the award of funding.

Skills & Experience

Further Education Qualifications A-Level or higher Or extensive experience and knowledge of community safety, serious violence and the causal factors.

Substantial, proven and well evidenced experience of developing and implementing policy and strategy within a public sector context.

Significant experience of working with and developing relationships with senior stakeholders from across a range of sectors and organisations and delivering projects in partnership.

Ability to manage and deliver strategic and complex projects.

Knowledge and experience of commissioning services and activities.

Experience in undertaking research and analysis to develop and implement policy.

Outstanding oral and written communications skills and integrity, tact, tenacity and diplomacy.

A sound knowledge of policing and police governance and the context in which the PCC operates.

Capable of responding flexibly to pressures and problems and always able to show an innovative and creative approach to work.

Ability to work in a team and autonomously, championing inclusivity and challenging inequality.

Experience of maintaining and managing a budget.

Experienced user of all Microsoft Office applications.

Willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of the PCC and their office.

Further Information

This role is politically restricted.
The post holder is required to successfully pass Vetting/Security Check Vetting/Developed Vetting.

A key part of this role is establishing a partnership approach across Surrey to deliver the requirements of the serious violence duty. Collaborative working can sometimes mean a difference of opinions as each organisation has its own aims, priorities and agenda. The post holder will need to have the ability to negotiate in a manner to be able to communicate clearly and drive the required points.

Part of the role requires identification of gaps in service provision, management of a significant budget and reporting to the Home Office on outcomes achieved. This will require self-motivation and drive to ensure the best possible services, as well as value for money, is being delivered for Surrey residents.

A key part of this role is the commissioning of specialist support services for with the aim to reduce serious violence. This requires an ability to lead and deliver strategic and complex projects, often working collaboratively with colleagues from other PCC areas and partners such as local authorities, the police and the voluntary and charitable sectors.

The postholder will develop and lead strategy for all research and development of recommendations to ensure Home Office milestones are met and statutory duties are fulfilled. This will involve pulling together and working with relevant experts and leading stakeholder engagement, including presentation at priority governance boards.

Large scale strategic change decisions will need ratification by the Head of Policy and Commissioning, the PCC/Deputy PCC, and the Serious Violence Governance Board.

This role sits within the PCC’s Policy and Commissioning team. However as the Commissioner’s Office has taken a convening role in the development of the Serious Violence Duty the role will impact across the specified authorities, plus key additional partners like the voluntary sector. As such, the ability to effectively work with partners is essential.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed
We are emotionally aware: CVF Level - 3
We take ownership: CVF Level - 2

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership
We are collaborative: CVF Level - 3
We deliver, support and inspire: CVF Level - 2

Intelligent, creative and informed policing
We analyse critically: CVF Level - 3
We are innovative and open-minded: CVF Level - 3

The post holder should note that some or all of the duties and responsibilities detailed in this Job Profile require compliance with nationally agreed operating rules for accessing PNC and other information systems.

• PNC Code of Connections Volume 1 (Version 2.1)
• GDPR 2016 (General Data Protection Regulation)
• Computer Misuse Act 1990
• Official Secrets Act 1989

Everyone working in a police environment will be vetted to the requisite level in keeping with the National Vetting Codes of Practice. The level of vetting required for a person, for both force vetting and national security vetting (NSV) will be proportionate to the role the individual carries out. Changes in an individual’s circumstances must be reported to the appropriate vetting authority as soon as possible.

This role may involve travel to meetings and locations within and beyond the counties of Surrey and/or Sussex for which public transport may not be suitable. Therefore the post-holder must have access to transport and be insured for business use. Where the transport involves the driving of police vehicles, you must have a full driving licence and the ability to attain a Force Police Driving Permit.

Additional Information

Following submission of your application you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your application attached. Occasionally emails from this address can fall into spam/junk folders so please ensure this is checked regularly. You may wish to consider adding to your address/contact list to ensure you receive all communications.

This post is being advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes. Any redeployees who are identified will be given preference. This may result in the post being withdrawn at any point during the recruitment process.

Please note that not all jobs are available for internal candidates across both Forces, the current agreed recruitment principles are;
- vacancies in collaborated units are available to all officers and staff across both Forces
- vacancies in non-collaborated units are only available to officers and staff within the Force with the vacancy unless it is advertised externally.
If the vacancy is advertised externally and an officer or member of staff from the other Force is success it will result in a transfer of employment

Surrey Police and Sussex Police Special Constables, Volunteers and Agency Staff (excluding self-employed workers) covered under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are eligible to apply for internal advertised posts.

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