PC Dog Training Instructor – Transferee

PC Dog Training Instructor – Transferee

Avon and Somerset Police are looking for extremely well motivated officer/s to join our dedicated team of full time Police Dog Instructors. Current establishment is Unit Insp, 2 Sgts, 28 Officers, 4 fulltime Instructors. Section provides operational support in relation to General patrol dogs/Explosive search/Firearms support/Digital detection/Drug Detection/Victim recovery.

Candidates must hold NPCC Police dog accreditation in Explosive Specialist search. A police Dog General purpose qualification would also be beneficial?

It is expected that you will either run young dogs on for development or license with operational specialist dog. Having a suitable home with garden for erection of supplied kennel is required. You would also need vehicle suitable for dog/s to travel to and from work (a generous essential users allowance is paid in recognition of this).

Working as part of a team of officers, individuals must be able to show excellent communication skills both oral and written. Relationships with colleagues are key to both enhancing learning opportunities as well as providing a positive learning environment for staff, candidates must be able to evidence these abilities.

Substantial ongoing investment is being made to enhance the reputation of excellence Avon and Somerset Police currently have. Successful candidates will be based at Wilfred Fuller Operational Training Centre, Clevedon, Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative Constabulary which has led the way on a number of initiatives and is committed to providing development and promotion opportunities for all.

Bristol is one of Britain’s core cities and the eighth largest. It is a lively, diverse and rapidly expanding city.

Somerset includes the historic cities of Bath and Wells, coastal areas with a high volume of seasonal tourists and remote rural communities such as Exmoor.

South Gloucestershire and North Somerset have fast-growing areas of new housing and commercial development attracting businesses and young families.

All of these combine to provide different and diverse policing challenges.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are proud to support a representative workforce. We are a neuro diverse and inclusive organization that welcomes applications from everyone. Our inclusive culture – Avon & Somerset Police

If you’re looking for a position which will offer you variety and a genuine opportunity to broaden your experience, Avon and Somerset is the constabulary for you.


About you

If you are a high performing Officer with a positive commitment to attendance then we could be the place for you.

We are looking for the highest quality Instructors to join our ranks. You must be able to commit to and deliver our Constabulary values in everything you do.

Must be able to work with minimum amount of supervision and be show a proven record of success in relation to Police dog training.


What you need to know

Below are some extra details that help explain the process of transferring to work in our Constabulary.

In the first instance candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Following successful interview you will under go

✔ Medical / Occupational Health Report

✔ Sickness Record.

Please submit your application by 30th April 2021



Current Constabulary policy requires officers to live in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary boundary and within a 20 mile radius of their station of 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 decided on the basis of our Constabularies need for personnel at particular locations. Individual preferences will be noted and attempts made to accommodate, depending on the Constabularies need at the time.


Rent/housing allowance

For those officers who currently receive a housing or rent allowance in their existing Constabulary, our Constabulary equivalent allowance to our maximum will be paid.

Salary and leave

Officers in this 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 the interview.

If an officer has agreed carry over of leave with their current Constabulary for the previous year, we will honour the carry-over of up to 5 days into the current period.

Under most circumstances pension rights are directly transferable from one Constabulary to another.

This post comes with benefits of Dog Handlers allowance and essential users allowance in relation to travel to and from workplace.


If you have a BMI of 30.1 or more, you will be referred for a body fat assessment (BFA). The outcome of the BFA will determine whether you are eligible to join.

If you have a BMI of 35.1 or more, your application will not be processed further unless there are compelling or exceptional circumstances.

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For further information please contact…..

Chief Police Dog Instructor Denis McCoy denis.mccoy@avonandsomerset.police.uk

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

To find out more about our inclusive culture CLICK HERE

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.

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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Job Overview
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    £21,402 - £41,130
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    Police Staff
  • Disability Confident
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