Head of Policing and Crime - SCP/P1

Grade P | £72,915 pa rising to £84,428 pa over 3 years | Location Leeds | Permanent | Full time | (Part time/Job share considered) | Closing date: 30 January 2022

Head of Policing and Crime - SCP/P1

Grade P - Starting Salary £72,915 (2021-22 pay award pending), rising to £84,428 after three years 

Permanent / Full Time 

Leeds and Wakefield (Temporarily Remote / Home Working) but with a requirement to be available to work across West Yorkshire. Occasional national travel. 

Closing Date: 11:55pm Sunday 30 January 2022  


Are you a committed, values-driven leader who is ready for a new challenge? 

Working alongside our Mayor, Tracy Brabin and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe, West Yorkshire Combined Authority is excited to be appointing to a newly created role of Head of Policing and Crime, leading a highly skilled and experienced team to deliver the Mayor’s bold and compassionate vision of a Fair, Just and Inclusive West Yorkshire. 

You would lead a team who are focussed on supporting the Mayor to exercise her Police and Crime Commissioner functions, including setting the objectives for West Yorkshire Police, holding the Chief Constable to account, and working in partnership to reduce reoffending and commission excellent services to support victims of crime.  

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the delivery of the largest Mayoral devolution deal in England, the election of the first female Metro Mayor, Tracy Brabin, in May 2021. 

You would bring a collaborative leadership style, a commitment to inclusion, an ability to build positive and productive relationships, alongside a motivation to support the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to make West Yorkshire a more just, safe, and inclusive place. 

The Role

Reporting into the Director for Strategy, Communications and Policing, and working closely on a day-to-day basis with the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, your key responsibilities will include:  

  • To lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team, providing strategic and operational direction and advice to enable the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to fulfil their statutory duties including developing and delivering their Police and Crime Plan.  
  • To have strategic oversight of development and management of planning, policy, delivery, commissioning, governance, accountability and decision-making processes, enabling the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to deliver their roles and responsibilities effectively and efficiently in accordance with the requirements of the relevant legislation.  
  • To enable the Mayor and DMPC to hold the Chief Constable to account, establishing and developing strong accountability and oversight arrangements, including of ethical policing and integrity.  
  • To build and sustain key strategic partnerships with West Yorkshire Police and other partners locally, regionally and nationally, in order to support the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to deliver their objectives and statutory responsibilities, including the Police and Crime Panel.   
  • To demonstrably show commitment to the advancement of equality, diversity and inclusion within policing and communities in West Yorkshire.  
  • Shape and deliver the objectives of your function to support the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Policing and West Yorkshire Combined Authority in achieving their vision.  
  • Take a pro-active corporate role in the leadership of the organisation, including participation and delivery of the Senior Management Team (SMT) objectives.  
  • Responsible for providing strategic direction for corporate processes and ensuring that these are delivered at all times.  
  • Be a visible and ardent leader, promoting partnership working across the organisation. Influence, develop and motivate your team, taking a positive approach to their development.  


Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

You will have, or be expected and supported to obtain, the following key skills, attributes, education and experience  

  • Educated or experienced to master’s degree/ postgraduate professional qualification level with supporting management training in a relevant discipline, or equivalent practical experience 
  • Extensive practical experience of successfully performing in a similar role 
  • Strong and in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant national legislation, policies, and developments gained through comprehensive experience in the field 
  • Be a visible and ardent leader, promoting partnership working, influencing, developing and motivating others  
  • Demonstrable ability to successfully operate within a political organisation and to contribute effectively to the formulation of political policies and strategies 
  • In depth knowledge of police, crime, community safety and criminal justice 


Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses with the M-Card zones 1-5
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing you CV to life.

For a conversation about the role, please email Alan Reiss (Director of Strategy, Communications and Policing) at alan.reiss@westyorks-ca.gov.uk. 

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 30 January 2022 


Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.