PC Dog Handler Transferee
An exciting opportunity has arisen in Avon and Somerset within one of the Tactical Support Teams (TST) for an experienced PC Dog Handler.
If you are looking for a new challenge with the opportunity to develop skills within a specialist unit then this may be for you.
Almondsbury, Road Policing Unit -BS32 4AG, Bridgwater Police Centre- TA6 4RR
The Avon and Somerset dog handling team are one of the most progressive dog sections within the UK and are responsible for delivering specialist operational policing services 24/7 to the communities of Avon and Somerset.
This varied, much sought after role varies on a daily basis. You will be providing first class Police dog policing to the communities of Avon and Somerset with duties including Public disorder, searching and tracking to name but a few. This role will help to build on your current skill base getting you right in the centre of the most interesting and crucial situations. You will need to be ready to be deployed to spontaneous incidents, planned operations and other significant events requiring dog policing services anywhere within the TST Force area.
On a day to day basis you will be working as part of a friendly team of 5 Dog handlers reporting to the duty TST Sergeant and Specialist Police Dog Leads in Force all working towards the same common goal of providing first class protective dog services. As part of a larger overall team you will not only be supported by other dog handlers trained to the highest of standards but also a collaborative team of progressive dog training staff Chief Dog Instructor and 5 Full time trainers.
Of course, you will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing Police Dog/s in your care doing your best to provide them with an environment in which they are well cared for and given the opportunity in the best possible environment to continue to develop their specialist skills.
This role will provide plenty of opportunities for your future development. As one of the leading Police dog handling units within the UK we provide regular continued professional development opportunity’s and are at the forefront of new specialist capability. This could include the progression in to handling a specialist search dog (Drugs/Explosive/Victim recovery/Digital detection).
This role will require you to live in a home which allows you to keep a working police dog and have the space for a kennel in a secure back garden as the dog will be living with you. You will also need to have a suitable vehicle in which you can transport the dog/s from home to your place of work.
If you have any questions about the role please email PS Steve Hopwood or Chief Dog instructor Denis McCoy on the following email addresses –
Steve.email@example.com or Denis.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 an experienced Dog handler within your current force
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.
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.