The role of the Chief Constable

The key roles and responsibilities include:

  • Be accountable to the Police and Crime Commissioner for the performance of the force,
  • Advise the Police and Crime Commissioner on strategy and budget to meet current threats, risk and harm,
  • Have direction and control of the Force,
  • Lead the police officers and police staff of Wiltshire Police,
  • Explain to the public the operational actions of police officers and police staff,
  • Remain politically independent.

Kier Pritchard was appointed Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police on the 30 November 2018.

Having joined Wiltshire Police in 1993, Kier's career has spanned most areas of policing including criminal investigation, public protection, intelligence and local policing.

He has been instrumental in developing collaborations with others forces, specifically to disrupt serious organised crime and assist in solving major crimes.

Kier is supported by a Leadership Team:

A Force Management Statement (FMS) is a self-assessment that Chief Constables (and London equivalents) prepare and give to HMICFRS each year.

It is the Chief Constable's statement and explanation of:

  • the demand the force expects to face in the next four years,
  • how the force will change and improve its workforce and other assets to cope with that demand,
  • how the force will improve its efficiency to make sure the gap between future demand and future capability is as small as it can reasonably be, and
  • the money the force expects to have to do all this.

Each FMS is reviewed by HMICFRS and used to inform the Integrated PEEL Assessment inspections.

Why do we need the FMS?

All forces need to have reliable and accessible information on current and future demand, assets (especially asset condition and capability) and resources. They use that information in their decision-making, including decisions about improving efficiency and effectiveness, and how they will duly observe the police and crime plan of their local policing body (police and crime commissioners and their London and Manchester mayoral equivalents).

All forces should have good methods of assessing future needs and how they will meet them. As they continue to develop, FMSs will help a great deal with this.

In each year, it is necessary that chief constables provide the best available information in their FMSs.

The FMS will help identify which areas of a force's activities present the greatest risks to the public. This will in turn inform what inspections HMICFRS needs to do in the future and how intensive they will need to be.

Operation Uplift

In October 2019, the government announced first wave of 20, 000 police officer uplift.

The national Uplift programme is an opportunity to increase resourcing and re-invest in policing further to a ten-year period of austerity and a fall in police officer numbers. The service has been asked to introduce 2,000 extra officers by March 2020, rising to 6,000 extra officers by March 2021.

Wiltshire has been allocated 49 extra officers by March 2021. High level assumptions continue to be made on financial and workforce plans for beyond March 2021, which suggest a total number of 147 extra officers by March 2023. This is likely to change as more information becomes available about regional and national functions receiving a proportion of the officer uplift.

Wiltshire Police remains on track to deliver the requirements of Uplift and increase the number of officers. Plans are in place to achieve the first phase of the requirement by the end of 2020/21, and assessments by the national programme team place Wiltshire in a good position.

National Challenges & Briefings

The listed documents provide an overview of the current and future policing challenges that any PCC candidate should be aware of and consider their impact for the formulation of the next Police and Crime Plan.

   Report Brief description 
State of Policing The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2019.pdf This is Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary's report to the Secretary of State under section 54(4A) of the Police Act 1996. It contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales.
  FLR_Recommendations_report_sent_V2.pdf Report from the review inviting police officers, PCSOs and staff in operational roles in England and Wales to share their ideas for change and improvement in policing.
  Rekindling-British-Policing.pdf Commitments from the new Prime Minister represent a dramatic shift in policing policy following eight years of cuts to police budgets and police officer numbers which have been simultaneously accompanied by rising levels of serious and violent crime. It also comes in the immediate aftermath of warnings of a potential crisis in policing operational delivery from some of the most influential police professionals in the country. This paper looks at five challenges faced by the police service and how to address them.
deloitte-uk-future-of-policing.pdf The report explores the challenges facing policing today and the powerful trends and forces that will influence crime and policing over the coming decades. It is informed by commentary on the policing sector, analysis of UK and international police data and interviews with chief officers from UK police forces, leaders of national policing organisations and leading academics.
understanding-public-priorities-final.pdf A report published by the Police Foundation about what do the public think the police should prioritise and how do their opinions change when they have full knowledge of the realities of modern policing.

Policing 4.0: How 20,000 officers can transform UK policing is the latest Deloitte report which  highlights some of the emerging approaches in policing and other sectors that can help, provides ideas for system reform, and shares tools to help leaders make judgements on the right choices for their organisations and teams.  


Strategy Brief description 
serious-violence-strategy.pdf The Serious Violence Strategy sets out the government's response to serious violence and recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide.
victim-strategy.pdf The cross-government Victims Strategy sets out a vision for victims of crime.


Briefing/Guidance Brief description
  icva_ppc_candidate_briefing_2020 (1).pdf Every Police and Crime Commissioner has a statutory duty to organise and oversee the delivery of Independent Custody Visiting. Independent Custody Visiting is a well-established system whereby volunteers visit police stations to check on the treatment of detainees and the conditions in which they are held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed. It offers protections and confidentiality to detainees and the police; and reassurance to the community at large that detainees are being well looked after. It's supported by a Home Office Code of Practice and more detailed National Standards drawn up by the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA).
Police_and_Crime_Panel_Guidance.pdf This guidance has been produced for police (fire) and crime panel chairs, members and support officers and those with whom they work. It is intended to provide information about the statutory roles of panels and to highlight good practice that has been developed over the years since panels were first established.


Rank Breakdown

Rank Breakdown

2020-21 Budget

Chief Constable


Deputy Chief Constable


Assistant Chief Constables




Inspectors/Chief Inspectors