Command Team Appointments (3595_15)

Request

Thank you for confirming that, other than one local applicant, Michele Larmour was the only `outside`candidate to apply for the post of ACC, and was approved at interview by the Chief Constable Chris Sims, the DCC Dave Thompson and Grace Ononiwu ,the Chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS:

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/chief-constable-2855_15/

1a. Please clarify why the CPS were involved in deciding the appointment.

1b. If there were any representatives from the PCC`s Office present at the interview.

1c. Confirm the Forces policy as to who should sit on the interview panel for Command Team appointments.

  1. Please clarify the people who are expected to sit on the interview panel for the new Chief Constable, and if the CPS and PCC will be involved in the process.

Response

1a. West Midlands Police use the College of Policing guidance with regard to the Appointment of Chief Officers as a point of reference. This is publically available and can be found via the following link: http://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Support/Recruitment/chief-officers/Pages/default.aspx

Section 4.3 of the document at the following link contains information specifically in relation to the Appointments Panel for DCCs, ACCs, ACs, DACs, or Commanders:

http://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Support/Recruitment/chief-officers/Documents/GuidanceSelectionAndAppointment.pdf

1b. No

1c. We do not hold a West Midlands Police force policy, but use the College of Policing guidance as described in 1a. (above).

  1. This information is not held by West Midlands Police. Section 38 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires the appointment of Chief Constables to be made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for the relevant force area. Therefore the West Midlands Office for Policing and Crime (WMOPC) may hold this information. Details on how to make a request to the WMOPC can be found at the following link:

http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/transparency/freedom-of-information-act

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