Mandatory PNAC/SCC qualification for senior police officers

Mike Roulston made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

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Dear Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland,

In 2008 you published the 2007/8 HMICS report which contained comments in Chapter 3 about the mandatory selection requirements for senior police officers in Scotland.
“In an effort to standardise this approach and to ensure that the best leaders hold chief officer positions, Scottish Ministers have determined that the Strategic Command Course (SCC) is now a mandatory qualification for all chief officer appointments. This direction came into effect on 1 January 2008 and allows for common, consistent, transparent standards and processes for appointment to chief officer posts.
Qualification for a place on the SCC is dependent upon successful performance at the Senior Police National Assessment Centre (S-PNAC) process. Historically, aspiring chief officers in Scotland have not been required to take part in this rigorous, UK-wide selection process.
It is anticipated that new SCC graduates will fill existing and future posts across Scotland. Meantime, I note the extensive practice of non- SCC qualified officers holding temporary chief officer positions on an extended basis within a number of forces. I have expressed concerns about the cumulative impact of long-term temporary appointments on the operational effectiveness of Scottish policing, particularly in relation to handling critical incidents. At the end of 2007-08 almost a third of chief officer posts in Scotland are occupied by individuals who, whatever their merits, have not undergone formal, consistent training in strategic command. While we understand that such appointments are being made in the hope and expectation that temporary post-holders will be successful at S-PNAC in the autumn of 2008, we will continue to monitor the situation”.
The report then goes on to say that we (HMICS) will continue to monitor the situation (with no specific details on how that monitoring will be achieved)
Could I please have details of any such monitoring that has been reported by HMICS to Scottish Government by HMICS in the intervening 5 year period to include formal/interim reports, briefing notes, emails, presentations, analysis of personnel records confirming both successful and unsuccessful attendance at said courses, financial projections of the costs of temporary promotions during that period together with associated projections of increased pension liabilities accruing from said temporary promotions, minutes from meetings where the matter was discussed etc.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

Dear Mr Roulston

This email is to acknowledge your Freedom of Information request, regarding mandatory PNAC/SCC qualification for senior police officers.

Our department will respond to your request within the fixed 20 working days' time frame from our receipt of your request. Receipt of request date: 10/04/2014.

Regards
Joanna Drapper

Research and Inspection Support
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS)
1st Floor West
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG
Tel: 0131 244 5614
http://www.hmics.org/

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Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

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Dear Mr Roulston,

Please find attached the FOI response to your email dated 10 April 2014

Yours sincerely

Joanna Drapper

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Dear Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'Mandatory PNAC/SCC qualification for senior police

The response does not answer my request because it refers to a single document from some years ago which appears to be talking about some sort of coaching process

My question is clearly directed at what quality control process is/was in place during the past six years to confirm that candidates had the correct credentials before being appointed to senior police officer positions.

Given the flurry of activity in the press about the 2012 process in particular which predates this request it is strange that you have none of the requested items for that year on its own

Given the press habit of asking for comment prior to publication it is odd that you have no written records about that process?

Are you simply saying that you have undertaken no monitoring of the required credentials prior to appointment whether for the PNAC, SCC or other equivalent or potent entail equivalent courses (as mentioned in other related requests)

Where are the emails that refer to the considerations of these equivalent courses between the relevant bodies?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

Dear Mr Roulston,

Your review request has been passed onto the appropriate person.

Yours sincerely

Joanna Drapper

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Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

Dear Mr Roulston.

Thank you for your request of 12 May 2014 for a review of our response to your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for :

In 2008 you published the 2007/8 HMICS report which contained comments in Chapter 3 about the mandatory selection requirements for senior police officers in Scotland.
“In an effort to standardise this approach and to ensure that the best leaders hold chief officer positions, Scottish Ministers have determined that the Strategic Command Course (SCC) is now a mandatory qualification for all chief officer appointments. This direction came into effect on 1 January 2008 and allows for common, consistent, transparent standards and processes for appointment to chief officer posts.
Qualification for a place on the SCC is dependent upon successful performance at the Senior Police National Assessment Centre (S-PNAC) process. Historically, aspiring chief officers in Scotland have not been required to take part in this rigorous, UK-wide selection process.
It is anticipated that new SCC graduates will fill existing and future posts across Scotland. Meantime, I note the extensive practice of non- SCC qualified officers holding temporary chief officer positions on an extended basis within a number of forces. I have expressed concerns about the cumulative impact of long-term temporary appointments on the operational effectiveness of Scottish policing, particularly in relation to handling critical incidents. At the end of 2007-08 almost a third of chief officer posts in Scotland are occupied by individuals who, whatever their merits, have not undergone formal, consistent training in strategic command. While we understand that such appointments are being made in the hope and expectation that temporary post-holders will be successful at S-PNAC in the autumn of 2008, we will continue to monitor the situation”.
The report then goes on to say that we (HMICS) will continue to monitor the situation (with no specific details on how that monitoring will be achieved)
Could I please have details of any such monitoring that has been reported by HMICS to Scottish Government by HMICS in the intervening 5 year period to include formal/interim reports, briefing notes, emails, presentations, analysis of personnel records confirming both successful and unsuccessful attendance at said courses, financial projections of the costs of temporary promotions during that period together with associated projections of increased pension liabilities accruing from said temporary promotions, minutes from meetings where the matter was discussed etc.

I have been asked by Mr Cowie to carry out the review because I was not involved in handling your original request.

On initial reading of your request for an internal review Email below it would appear that you have made a fresh Freedom of Information request, in that you are seeking to ascertain :

"what quality control process is/was in place during the past six years to confirm that candidates had the correct credentials before being appointed to senior police officer positions."

which is distinct from your previous request above which related to the monitoring by HMICS of the situation in relation to temporary chief officer post holders circa 2007-8.

Consequently a fresh Freedom of Information request has been logged under reference FoI/14/00840 as having been made by yourself on 12 May 2014, and this will be responded in accordance with FOISA by 10 June 2014. This has been allocated to Jo Drapper to carry out so if you have any queries in the meantime please contact her quoting the above reference.

In relation to the review of your request made on 10 April 2014, I will be looking at the case afresh to establish whether the original response should be confirmed, with or without modifications as appropriate, or a fresh decision should be substituted.

We received your review request on 12 May 2014 so I will respond in accordance with FOISA by 10 June 2014. If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number FoI_14_00621.

Finally, it may however be that you no longer wish to request a review of the original decision to take place as what is sought now falls under the fresh Freedom of Information request (FoI_14_00840) which itself has the potential for a review to be requested. If this is the case I would be obliged if you could inform me of you wishes.

Kind Regards

Kevin

Insp. Kevin Struthers
[email address]
Staff Officer
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS)
1st Floor West
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG
www.hmics.org

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Dear Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland,

I do not believe I have made a new request but I have simply elaborated on my original one which seems to have eluded the original recipient.

Once again I will repeat that I am interested in what efforts were made between the introduction of the requirement to the date of the recent press articles to monitor compliance with that requirement.

You are apparently also misreading the question as you have overlooked the reference to the past 6 years which refers to the period monitored

If you are saying that you have done none then please say so (but please dont delay this relatively simple request any further by suggesting that is a new request as well!)

If you have done something then please produce the evidence (some of which is included in my request)

I am still working on the time limits associated with what I believe is my only request so far. Everything is amplification of that request in view of the uncertainty at your end.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

I will be out of the office on a training course until Thursday 22th May
2014. 

 

If urgent please contact Susan Archibald
([email address] or 0131 244 5617).

 

Kind regards

Kevin

Insp. Kevin Struthers

[1][email address]
0131 244 5698 / 07919 298 129
Staff Officer

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS)
1st Floor West
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

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Dear Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland,

Just to assist you in your decision making process the following is the reply I have received from the intended recipient (from your perspective) of any such monitoring activity (Scottish Government)

They said

"Thank you for your request dated 10 April 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), in relation to any monitoring that has been reported by HMICS to Scottish Government on the mandatory PNAC/SCC qualification for senior police officers, following the publication of the HMICS Annual Report of 2007/08. I apologise for the delay in responding.

After carefully considering your request, and following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the Scottish Government has only received the information contained in the HMICS Annual Report of 2007/08 and an update on the ACPOS Leadership Development Framework, contained in the HMICS Annual Report of 2008/09 (link provided below)."

Note that they seem to understood my original question!

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

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Dear Mr Roulston,

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request
clarification dated 12^th May.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Derek

 

Derek Fleming

Inspectorate Support Officer

HMICS

Room 1W:04

St Andrews House

Regent Road

Edinburgh

 

Tel – 0131 244 5614

 

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Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

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Mr Roulston, following correspondence from the Scottish Information
Commissioners office I understand that following my correspondence of 19
May 2014 you in fact wish a review to be carried out of your FOISA
request.  I have subsequently carried out such a review which I have
attached.
 
Kind Regards
Kevin
Insp. Kevin Struthers
[1][email address]
0131 244 5698
Staff Officer
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS)
1st Floor West
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG
[2]www.hmics.org
 
 
 

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