Firearms Trainer

Firearms Trainer

An excellent permanent opportunity has arisen within the Blackrock Specialist Training Centre (BRSTC) in Portishead, North Somerset as a Police Staff Firearms Trainer.

Firearms officers are an essential resource required to keep our communities safe with a force area that includes an international airport, miles of picturesque coastline, a huge network of roads, numerous towns and rural villages as well as several large busy cities.

As a Firearms Trainer, you will be working together in a professional, highly motivated team delivering firearms training to all armed officers under the BRSTC training agreement. They come from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Wiltshire Police. Training Firearms officers enables them to remain operational deployable to all three forces.

You will be supporting, developing and facilitating learning of firearms tactics and weapon handling to a broad range of officers. From those on an Initial Firearms Course, to experienced ARV officers completing refresher sessions and specialist courses and annual training.

You will be delivering and assessing training events and courses both internally and to multi agency partners in accordance with the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum, designing curriculum content and undertaking research.

In this role, your main responsibilities will include:

• Delivering training to Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO) and assisting with additional firearms courses/training events.
• Maintaining electronic training records, including the issue and suspension/withdrawal of firearms authorisation permits.
• Taking responsibility for the development and assessment of AFOs and Commanders making written and oral recommendations regarding continued suitability to perform the role.
• Responsible for the maintenance of operational and training equipment including vehicles, on a daily basis.
• Carrying out Health and Safety risk assessments and be responsible for the health and safety of staff within a high risk training environment.
• Taking a key role in national working groups relating to firearms policies and procedures, influencing policy at a local, regional and national level.
• Maintaining a Continuous Professional Development record and accreditations in line with the role.

Skills, experience and qualifications required:

• Experience in the delivery of firearms training in accordance with the NPFTC.
• Hold a teaching or training qualification to NVQ Level 3 in Training and Development or equivalent (AEAT – Award in education & Training) and be willing to achieve IOSH (Managing safely) within 12 months of appointment.
• Qualified as a Police National Firearms Instructor (within the last 3 years trained in Module F1 of the NPFTC.
• Experience of carrying out risk assessments.
• Experience of carrying out research to make recommendations.
• Experience of maintaining equipment and records.
• Experience of designing courses.

You will also be required to comply with the following:

• Annual hearing and eyesight test in line with national standards.
• ARV qualification standard and the national instructor qualification standard set by the College of Policing.
• Possess an Enhanced First Aid qualification and be prepared to undergo annual re-qualification as required by the College of Policing.
• To achieve and maintain the required level of fitness for the role.
• Meet the required role profile annually.

Please note, this role involves constant travelling around the South West using allocated work vehicles. A current driving licence is required.

We welcome applications from current police staff members and external applicants, including retired police officers. Please note, there is a separate vacancy ID 2122 available for existing police officers or transferees.

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 3 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

For further details about this role please contact Black Rock Specialist Training Centre .

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We are looking for people who share our values of caring, inclusive, courageous and learning.

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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.

Flexible working

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.

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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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Job Overview
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    £32,673 - £34,578
  • Job Category
    Police Staff
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