Scrutiny and Improvement Officer

Job reference: 007000
Closing date: 08/10/2021
Job start date: Not specified
Salary: Grade F £32,673 to £38,376
Employment type: Permanent - Full Time
Department: (PCC) Police & Crime Commissioner
Hours per week: 36.5
Working Days: 5
Location: Mather Avenue Training Centre, Liverpool, L18 9tG


The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Merseyside is an elected individual whose job it is to make sure Merseyside Police is run effectively and act as your voice on policing issues in the region.

This is a new and developing post within the PCC’s office. As the Scrutiny and Improvement Officer, you will provide comprehensive advice and support to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and her senior management team in areas of scrutiny, performance and business change.

Develop a performance management and scrutiny process and plan to ensure that the PCC discharges their responsibility relating to scrutiny of the force commensurate with all relevant legislation with particular emphasis on the objectives set out in the police and crime plan.

Ensure that the community of Merseyside are provided with appropriate information regarding the PCC’s scrutiny of the chief constable of Merseyside police.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide scrutiny advice and support to the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the forward planning process to ensure that key issues relating to scrutiny of the Chief Constable are appropriately identified and included in the development of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Force scrutiny process.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the PCC’s forward planning process, working with the Chief Executive, the Chief Finance Officer and the Head of Private Office to ensure that key issues relating to formal decision making in the forthcoming year are appropriately identified and included in the development of the annual scrutiny and performance Plan.
  • Lead on all performance management matters in relation to the functions associated with enabling the PCC to hold the Chief Constable to account.
  • Work with the PCC Press Secretary to promote the performance scrutiny role of the PCC to the public and ensure that the performance and scrutiny information is published and complies with the legal requirements of the specified information order.
  • Identify and share evidence based good practice in the area of scrutiny and change.
  • Represent the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner at appropriate meetings.
  • Continually develop the PCC’s scrutiny function to ensure that it remains fit for purpose and reflects national good practice, national requirements and emerging themes.
  • Manage the PCC’s response to reports and requests produced by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and ensure that key issues emanating from HMICFRS reports are given appropriate prioritisation in the performance and scrutiny process.
  • Prepare scrutiny and performance related reports for the police and crime panel when required

Knowledge & Experience

  • You will require the ability to interpret legislation emanating from central government together with an understanding of performance management systems utilised in policing and criminal justice and the capability to interrogate such systems to achieve the desired performance scrutiny related outcome. You will be required to be able to display well-developed interpretative and analytical skills.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences through a range of mechanisms. The post-holder will be required to present orally and visually to the PCC and other senior post-holders and produce a range of formal reports.
  • Good understanding of policing, the post of PCCs and local and national community and policing issues.
  • Must be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject, have well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels internally and externally to support and develop good working relationship with staff across the OPCC, Merseyside Police and partners.
  • Have the ability to independently prioritise and organise a varied workload whilst still being innovative and focused on delivering results. This will require the post holder to plan, prioritise, and accurately record work thereby achieving deadlines, handling multiple briefs and progressing workflow through various stages.
  • Possess a full driving license to travel around Merseyside to meet the demands of the post.
  • This post has been identified as politically restricted.


  • Competitive salary
  • 32 days holiday including bank holidays
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Parking on-site​​​​​​​
  • Flexi- time

Please base your evidence on the knowledge and experience on the attached Job Description Questionnaire utilising the competencies contained within the Competency Value Framework

Please click here to view the Competencies Values Framework

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, in order to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made.  Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.  Under the Equality Act, a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Positive Action

Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups.  For more information please refer to our Positive Action page

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