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Chief Constable recruitment 2023

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Our Ref: Our Ref: NY8819 - Date: 1 November 2023

Our Ref: NY8819

Date: 1 November 2023


I write in connection with your request for information that was received by the Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) on 12 October 2023.

I note you seek access to the following information:

In the recruitment plans for the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, the PFCC has said that she has consulted with stakeholders, namely:


Police College

Association of Police, Fire & Crime Commissioners. 

Please could I request the following information: 

  1. what did you ask each stakeholder – please could I have the exact wording. 
  1. what was their response – please could I have the wording of their response. 

Extent and Result of Searches to Locate Information 

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted within the OPFCC.

I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by the OPFCC.


The information you have requested is already reasonably accessible at the following location DN 09/2023 – Chief Constable Vacancy – Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire (northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk), with the full detailed report provided in the Appendix.  I could therefore have decided to exempt providing you with a response pursuant to Section 21 Freedom of Information 2000 (the Act).

Exemptions Explained

Section 21 – Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means

This exemption applies when the information sought is determined to be already reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. Section 21 is an absolute class based exemption and I am not required to consider the harm or public interest when applying this exemption.

However, I have today decided to disclose the following additional information to you.

  1. what did you ask each stakeholder – please could I have the exact wording.

The PFCC along with Simon Dennis, OPFCC CEO and Monitoring Officer consulted the following individuals in person or via Microsoft Teams:

  • HMICFRS – HMCIC Andy Cooke
  • CEO College of Policing – Chief Constable Andy Marsh and his colleague, Senior Psychologist (Selection and Recruitment)
  • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners – PCC Donna Jones (Chair of Association) and Andy Tremayne (Senior Policy Manager)

During each conversation, the five options set out in the eventual published Report (see paragraphs 5.1.1 to 5.1.5 of the Report) were put to each of the consultees note above, verbally.  The order and numbering of the options in the Report were chosen for ease of reading by the public, rather than reflecting the precise order of the options put to the consultees.

As the report indicates, one national stakeholder expressed initial favour for Option 2 (see paragraph 5.3.2 of the Report but concluded by recommending Option 5, along with the other stakeholders.

  1. what was their response – please could I have the wording of their response.

As explained above, the responses were provided verbally.  However, I attach 5 PDF documents detailing email replies to Simon Dennis’ report and thanks for their input.

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  It should be noted therefore that the OPFCC’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.

Complaint Rights

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of complaint.

If you have any queries concerning this request, please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Becky Cannon

Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire