Authorised Firearms Officer – Transferee
Applications are invited from AFOs/ CTSFOs to transfer to Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Avon and Somerset Police is one of the largest, most diverse forces in the country. We are looking for the highest quality AFOs and CTSFOs to join our Tactical Support Teams, so, if you are looking for a new challenge then we could be the place for you.
Am I eligible?
You must be transferring from a Home Office Force:
- have no live written improvement notices issued under the Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 or reduction in rank under those procedures in the previous 18 months
- have no live written warning, final written warning or extended final written warning issued under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012; (note – a finding of misconduct but where no separate penalty is applied (Regulation 35(1)(b)), does not debar an officer from proceeding)
- have no improvement notice/action plan in place, in accordance with the Police Officer Performance and Attendance procedures
- Be a fully qualified CTSFO/ARV AFO in line with the national standard
What We Offer
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force which has led the way on a number of initiatives and gained recognition for our ongoing commitment to support, develop and empower our staff to deliver the best possible service to the public.
We have the potential to offer you a better quality of life coupled with exciting and challenging policing.
Avon and Somerset polices 1,844 square miles of moorland, farmland, coastline, holiday resorts, market towns and cities including Bath and Bristol, one of England’s eight core cities. It is intersected by the M4 and M5, major rail routes to Wales and the South West, and home to Bristol International Airport and Bristol Port, Britain’s most centrally located deep sea port. Glastonbury Festival, Europe’s largest music festival, and Badminton Horse Trials are two of the force’s most significant events.
A diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.65 million and approximately 679,000 households, swelled by a large student population and tourists, brings challenges in policing, with pockets of substantial wealth contrasting deprived localities and communities. Ensuring equality of access to policing for all and achieving a diverse and representative workforce are priorities for the force.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary are proud to support a representative workforce. We are neurodiversity and inclusive organisation that welcomes applications from everyone. Our inclusive culture – Avon & Somerset Police
The Recruitment Process
1. To apply for this vacancy, click apply at the bottom of this screen.
2. Shortlisting process – review of training records, sickness record and probationary completion from current force and suitability for the role
3. Interviews will be conducted via Teams
4. Physical & Medical Assessments – Applicants will be required to pass Medical Assessments / Fitness Tests as part of the recruitment process in line with national guidance specific for each role.
Should you require any further information regarding this role within the Constabulary, please email TalentTransferees@avonandsomerset.police.uk
What you need to know
Current Force policy requires officers to live within the Avon and Somerset Constabulary borders and ordinarily within a 20 mile radius of their posting. However, we would strongly recommend that you do not enter into any lease or purchase of property until a posting is confirmed.
Postings are determined based on operational demand and priorities. Individual preferences will be noted and attempts made to accommodate, depending on available vacancies.
You will ordinarily be expected to remain in your first posting within the Constabulary for a minimum of two years however this would not preclude you applying for promotion should you wish in this timeframe.
For those officers who currently receive housing or rent allowance in their existing force, our force equivalent allowance to our maximum will be paid.
Salary and leave
Officers in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary are paid in accordance with the national rates. Salaries are paid directly into officer’s bank or building society account on the 28th of each month.
Leave already booked by a successful officer will be honoured for this year, but officers must advise us of these dates in writing when invited to attend for interview.
Any Time off in Lieu must be taken prior to joining Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Under most circumstances pension rights are directly transferable from one force to another.
There is a National Agreement in relation to AFO’s Transferring in relation to body armour.
We are looking for people who share our values of caring, inclusive, courageous and learning.
To find out more about our Inclusive Culture
To enable us to deliver outstanding policing for everyone, we need people from all backgrounds with a range of professional and life experiences so that we are truly representative of our communities.
Why work for Avon and Somerset Police?
Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.
If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Avon and Somerset is the force for you.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Avon and Somerset Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.
All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.
All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.
Recruitment and Selection Policy
Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.
Police Barred and Advisory lists
Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.
Vetting and safeguarding
Avon and Somerset Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.
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