Programme Director, Serious Violence Prevention

Devon & Cornwall OPCC
Fixed Term, Internal Secondment
Please note that it is recommended that applicants applying for an internal or external secondment will need to seek support from their SMT for their temporary release from their substantive role before applying from their SMT. At the end of the secondment the successful applicant(s) would return to their substantive role. However, if in the meantime the releasing department is subject to review, the successful applicant(s) would be included in that review as if still in post.
A Fixed Term contract
Up to 12 months from start date
D&C Office of the PCC
Police Headquarters, Exeter, Hybrid working available
Home worker
A Home-Worker has their home as their formal place of work and will normally work at home for their full contracted hours of work. 
Grade 11
Internal and External Recruitment
£54,885 to £61,947 per annum

The above salary is based on a full time (37 hour) salary. If you are successful in a part time role this will be pro-rata'd to reflect your working hours.

Please note: Exceptions to starting salary may apply if you are an existing Police Staff employee substantively posted to a role at the same grade.


For additional information on allowances please see our "allowances" page

26 June 2023

Pioneer ways to prevent violence – and protect our communities.

Everyone should be able to live free from the fear of violence, at home, at work and on the streets. Since April 2020, we have led a Serious Violence Prevention Programme that’s dedicated to reducing the threat. As the Programme Director (Maternity Cover), you’ll be coming in at a critical time to take on a role that has the power to safeguard lives.

Now entering its fourth year, the pioneering £4M programme led by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, is delivered in collaboration with a wide range of partner agencies and non-government organisations from across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.   

As one of the largest geographies in the country and on a peninsula, the challenges of policing Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are unique in many ways.

Although we have the third lowest crime rate in the country, incidents of violent crime aren’t diminishing – and we’re determined to tackle the issue. This is not a Government-funded Violence Reduction Unit; it’s funded by our local tax payers. That means we are free to investigate and decide where we can make the biggest difference seeking out opportunities that aim to ‘break the cycle’ of violence today and in the future.

As the strategic leader (maternity cover) for this exciting joint Programme, you’ll report to executive leaders from both the Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). Both organisations are committed to supporting changes to end serious violence. With a budget of £2.5 million over the next three years, you’ll continue to deliver the wide array of projects and activities under the Serious Violence Prevention portfolio, while influencing the way that mainstream policing and partnership budgets are spent.

To make sure we’re having an impact, you’ll keep a close eye on progress and evaluate projects’ success maintaining the programme’s theory of change and evaluation framework. In addition to working jointly across the Policing family, you will also need to involve and support various partners, working closely with Community Safety Partnerships, Local Authorities, Health, Criminal Justice, Fire and Rescue in addition to Ambulance Trusts, Prisons, Education sectors and the voluntary sector. Professional and experienced, you’ll have the credibility to win their trust – and tackle the problem from all angles.  You will play a critical role in working with partners to deliver the Home Office’s Serious Violence Duty and ensuring both the Police and OPCC are fulfilling their own statutory roles and responsibilities.

An experienced project and programme manager, you’ll be a capable leader and team manager. You bring a degree (or equivalent) and a reputation for getting things done. Organised, resourceful and a natural networker, you operate at senior levels, handling questions intelligently and challenges with resilience.

Whilst the role requires an independent achiever and problem solver, you won’t be alone and will work closely with the Chief Inspector for Violence Against Women and Girls / Serious Violence Prevention, alongside a dedicated and talented team to support you including three direct reports Strategic Analyst, a Brand, Communications and Engagement Manager and a Programme Support Officer (0.5FT).  In addition, you will oversee other dedicated Police posts such as Serious Violence Reduction Officer and a Project Manager alongside tasking into the OPCC for support around the Serious Violence Duty and commissioning.

Make your skills count. Stop crime in our region.

For an informal chat or questions about the role, please contact Rebecca Inskip, the Programme Director for Serious Violence Prevention on

To apply for the post, do not click the apply button below, but please send a CV and 1000 word personal statement evidencing against the criteria of the post to Lara Jay (Executive Support Officer, D&C Office of the PCC) -

20/06/2023, 12:00

Under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 this post is politically restricted.  A politically restricted post prevents an individual from having any active political role either in or outside the workplace and will automatically be disqualified from standing for or holding elected office.   They are also restricted from canvassing on behalf of a political party or a person who is or seeks to be a candidate, and speaking to the public at large or publishing any written or artistic work that could give the impression that they are advocating support for a political party. For more information, please visit our website or see Alliance PSD20 Working Practice via SharePoint.
For Further Information, Please Contact:
Felicity Ridgway
Director of Operations OPCC

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