Everyday people doing extraordinary things
Are you looking to rejoin or transfer as a special constable or are you a former officer who has resigned or retired from the police service but wishes to volunteer as a special constable?
Why not use your policing skills and experience to be the difference in our community?
Re-joiners and former officers who have resigned from a police force and are seeking to return after a break in service of less than five years.
Transferees are special constables who wish to transfer from one force to another without a break in service.
To apply please complete the application in full via our applicant portal below.
A fitness test, medical review and biometric testing will be conducted along with Professional Standards checks and security vetting, we will also request references.
Your previous service record will be requested and may be discussed at interview along with any training needs. The interview panel will normally consist of representatives from HR, the Special Constabulary and Training.
On successful completion of the recruitment checks we will look to place you on the next available course.
Officers will normally be posted within a 15 mile journey of their home location, although we will also take into account previous skills and experience when making postings decisions. Where possible those requesting a specific posting will be allocated that patrol base as long as it is within a reasonable travelling distance from home. We hope to make it easy and convenient for officers to report for duty and to post you in a way that reflects the value we place on your support.
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.