Everyday people doing extraordinary things
Why not come along and be the difference, to support the communities in which we all live and work.
The last Police Officer you saw could have been one of our Special Constables.
In their day job they may have been leading a project to build the new school close to you, driving the train you took on your commute to work, working self-employed from home during the day or answering the call you placed to book your travel insurance for your break away, our volunteers come from all walks of life.
We want everyone that joins us to feel comfortable to be who they are in our organisation. We will want you to live and breathe our values including that of inclusivity. Our colleagues are proud to “be the difference” and this message is key in our recruitment values.
What joins our Special Constables together is the fulfilment of dedicating some of their free time to their communities by being a volunteer Police Officer. In return we provide them with the training to ensure that they are fully prepared and ready to help across the wide range of tasks our uniformed officers perform on a daily basis.
In this role we would want you to use your skills to communicate effectively, be calm under pressure and at times work in situations that may be mentally and physically challenging.
Our regular Police Officers are a frontline resource to our organisation and as a Special Constable you will work alongside these individuals. You will be a warranted Police Officer with powers of arrest and provide the same level of service.
As an organisation we need you to commit to a minimum of 16 hours of your time per month to volunteer in this role.
Why not walk side by side with our regular Police Officers being valued for who you are, volunteering for an organisation that is on the journey to become an outstanding police force.
Some employers will allow you to take a number of volunteering days away from your day job to support other organisations.
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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