Circular 013/2018: selection and appointment of Chief Officers

Outlines the legal requirements and principles for the appointment of Chief Constables, Deputy Chief Constables, and Assistant Chief Constables and equivalent ranks.



This circular replaces Circular 020/2012.

  • broad subject: police service
  • sub category: police recruitment
  • from: Crime and Policing Group (CPG) – Policing Directorate
  • unit: Police Workforce and Efficiency Unit (PWEU)
  • date for Implementation: 9 March 2018

  • for more information contact: Al Lama 020 7035 1798
  • email:

  • addressed to:

    • Police and Crime Commissioners
    • Chief Constables in England and Wales
Published 9 March 2018