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Assistant Chief Constables - Surrey Police and Sussex Police

Surrey Police and Sussex Police are inviting applications for the challenging and rewarding roles of Assistant Chief Constables to join a vibrant and energetic leadership team. We have the following three vacancies across both forces.

  • Surrey Local Policing
  • Sussex Local Policing
  • Joint Surrey and Sussex Specialist Crime

For further information regarding each portfolio, please see the attached ACC recruitment pack.

From your first day with us you will be part of our policing family, making a real difference keeping Surrey and Sussex safe.

We are recognised nationally as two progressive forces, with a remarkable, strong partnership and passion for exceptional public service. With a long history, and strong track record of collaboration, our forces are working closely together on a whole range of key operational and support functions. 

The confidence of the public is fundamental to everything that we do in order to deliver an effective policing model. It is our mission to identify and protect vulnerable people, catch criminals, prevent, and respond to harm and keep people safe. We are committed to ensuring that we better understand the composition of our communities. Having a truly diverse workforce that reflects those communities, enhances our abilities to tackle crimes that affect them. We are looking for ACCs who can bring a difference to the team, and individuals who share our joint ambition for more preventative and proactive policing.

Chief Constables' Message

We really welcome your interest in joining our Police Force. It is a privilege to lead the teams in Surrey Police and Sussex Police who continuously work selflessly and tirelessly in order to keep people in our counties safe.

We are looking for talented and inspirational people who put the needs of the public at the heart of everything that they do and who want to make a difference. If you feel you are that person then we want to hear from you.

We wish you all the very best with your application.

Chief Constable Tim De Meyer & Chief Constable Jo Shiner

What You'll be Doing

Please refer to the job profile found in the attached ACC Recruitment Candidate Pack for full details of the ACC roles and each portfolio. If successful, you will be responsible for one of our major organisational portfolios, while implementing the force visions and strategy. 


We work hard to maintain very high levels of public confidence in policing and low risk of victimisation. In what are challenging times for all public sector organisations, with operational pressures and a continuing requirement to make efficiency savings, we want to ensure that our forces continue providing the best possible services to the public. This is not an easy challenge, but if you are ready to develop teams through a period of change, motivate and inspire those around you and bring a different perspective to our organisations, then this could be the job for you.

What Skills You'll Need

We are looking for leaders with a proven track record of operational delivery, combined with an open, inclusive and collaborative approach. If you thrive on engaging with communities, partner organisations, officers, staff and volunteers, then you will enjoy being part of our team.


We value leaders who will constructively challenge and work together for the good of the public in Surrey and Sussex. Operating with integrity, passion and commitment is important as well as demonstrating how you can bring difference and diversity of thinking to the team. 


If these opportunities sound like they would interest you and you want to make a difference, then we would really welcome your applications.

So, Why Work For Us?

You will be making a real difference helping to keep the communities of Surrey and Sussex safe. You will be warmly welcomed by a hard-working team who are committed to continuing the improvement of service delivery for the benefit of our communities.


Our organisations will support and value you and care for your wellbeing. Surrey Police and Sussex Police aspire to be a healthy and professional workplace, through delivery of our wellbeing strategy which recognises the unique challenges that we face in policing.


Whilst diversity is improving in both forces, we are particularly keen to use this opportunity to increase the gender, ethnic and cultural diversity of those working at the executive level and better represent the communities we serve.

The starting salary will be Chief Officer pay scale plus relevant rent or housing allowance or South East allowance. We will also provide a competitive reward package including a car allowance of £9,301 per annum and a healthcare allowance (up to £1,800 per annum) and a South East allowance for both Forces.


If you would like to discuss these roles in more detail, please contact the Workforce Planning Team on the below details:



Further Information

Eligibility Criteria


Applications are sought from substantive Assistant Chief Constables / Commanders seeking a new opportunity and substantive Chief Superintendents seeking promotion.


Eligible candidates for substantive promotion are those that have passed the Senior Police National Assessment Centre (Senior PNAC) and the Strategic Command Course (SCC), as per the current regulations.


Eligible candidates for temporary ACC appointments are those who are currently taking part in the Executive Leaders Programme, or those who have been accepted onto the Executive Leaders Programme- Cohort 2.


If you are applying as a transfer please complete the NPCC Endorsement Form attached at the bottom of this advert.



If you are considering re-joining the Force, there is no restriction on how long you have been out of policing, we welcome applications from former officers who have the desire to help keep communities safe, identify and protect vulnerable people and prevent and respond to harm. The following criteria will apply:

You must

  • Have served in a Home Office Force or British Transport Police (BTP).
  • Have completed your probation period prior to leaving the force and achieved independent patrol status.
  • Have had no disciplinary, integrity or performance issues.
  • Have a full UK manual driving licence.
  • Not have any cautions or convictions.
  • Have not made another application to re-join another police force at the same time.
  • Have resided in the UK for three years immediately prior to submitting your application (exceptions to this are considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Declare any business interests.
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or similar organisation.
  • Not have any existing County Court Judgements (CCJs) outstanding against you or have been registered bankrupt and not have been discharged for the past three years.
  • Not have any tattoos which cause offence.

Additional information

These roles are based at Surrey Police or Sussex Police Headquarters, but there is a requirement for frequent travel across both forces. There is also an opportunity to work remotely depending on the needs of the business. Candidates will be asked to preference which role(s) they are applying for. 


Applications will only be accepted by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. CVs are not accepted as part of our recruitment process.


Within the application, there is an option for candidates to select a preference for the available vacancies which will be considered following shortlisting. Please ensure a preference is selected.


Please apply by midnight on Sunday 1st October 2023. Shortlisted candidates will attend a People’s Panel w/c 23rd October via Microsoft Teams. Interviews will take place in person on 6th November. Full details will be provided following a successful application.


Please find attached the ACC Recruitment Candidate Pack to support your application.


We look forward to hearing from you.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people.  It's important that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach, and the skills that diversity brings; all of which help us to deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have multiple staff support groups who help to improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We are committed to being an anti-racist police service. We promise to challenge injustice, ensure fairness and to uphold anti-racist principles in both our organisation and our communities. For more information, you can read our full anti-racism statement here.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status, or religious belief, we would love to hear from you.

Please use the following links to find out more on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Surrey Police and Sussex Police

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.