Posted: Friday 14 September 2012

PCCS begins search for first Director of Investigations

Professor John McNeill, the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland (PCCS), has today (14 September) launched a search for the organisation's first-ever Director of Investigations.

On April 1 next year, the PCCS will be renamed the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC). As well as retaining the current responsibilities of the PCCS, the PIRC will investigate criminal allegations against police officers on behalf of the Crown. PIRC will also carry out its own investigations into deaths in custody, police use of firearms and other police matters where there is a public interest to do so.

The Director of Investigations will be the first and most senior appointment to be made by the Commissioner this year. The successful candidate will be tasked with building an effective, independent investigations team, capable of delivering the organisation's new strengthened functions.

By April 2013 the Commissioner expects to have in place a blended investigations capability that will see people with current police investigations skills, working with personnel from other investigative disciplines, and over time a trainee programme designed to build a pool of investigators to meet the organisation's future needs.

Professor John McNeill, Police Complaints Commissioner said: This is a highly specialised role within a growing organisation, requiring a range of specific skills and expertise. I want to be sure when I make this appointment that I, and the other panel members, have seen the best, most qualified candidates, drawn from as wide a pool as possible.

The recruitment and selection process for the £60,000-plus post is being is being run by the Commissioner's office. They are using a combination of traditional print and online recruitment strategies to publicise this role and in the coming months other career opportunities within the wider PIRC investigations team.

The successful candidate will require to undergo Developed Vetting, the most thorough method of security vetting, prior to appointment in the Autumn.

Follow this link to view the information pack and application form

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