PC Dog Training Instructor - Transferee

Transferee Campaign
Full Time
Tactical Support Team
Clevedon, Wilfred Fuller Centre- BS21 6TG

£21,402 - £41,130

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  
Essential Users Allowance

31/12/2022, 23:55

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.

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.


Important information regarding transfers to Avon & Somerset.

In line with the National embargo which has been agreed by the Chief Constables of all Constabularies we are unable to accept the transfer of any police officer into Avon & Somerset between 31st December 2022 & 31st March 2023.

Considering the time in which it takes to action a transfer and the validity of pre-appointment checks upon commencement with us we will unfortunately not able to fully progress any applications we receive after 11th July 2022 and will follow the below timeline.

11th July 2022 – 25th September 2022 - Any applications received during this time will be reviewed and shortlisted within 2 weeks of submission.  If successful, you will be invited to an interview.  If unsuccessful you will be notified after shortlisting.

W/C 26th September 2022 - Interviews to take place.

W/C 3rd October 2022  Vetting will commence for successful applicants.

17th October 2022 onwards - Pre-appointment checks will commence.  Held at HQ in Portishead – Biometrics, substance misuse, Medical & Fitness.

17th April 2022 - Proposed course start date

If you are not yet ready to transfer or would like more information about any of the above please contact TalentTransferees@avonandsomerset.police.uk or for role specific questions, please contact Chief Police Dog Instructor Denis McCoy denis.mccoy@avonandsomerset.police.uk

About us

Diversity is a strength and individuality is an asset.

We recognise the benefit different life experience and perspectives can bring.

We are on a journey to become the most inclusive police force in the country. 

Find out more about our benefits and culture

Click the video link below to see why our colleagues feel they can "Be the Difference"

Important information before you commence an application (for external applicants)

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained
  •  Tattoos - you will also be requested to provide photos and describe of any visible tattoos you have

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving licence including photos. 

Important information before you commence an application- for ALL applicants

The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes.

Please ensure you allow time to complete your application fully as part complete pages do not save.  

If the role has evidence questions you may wish to save these remotely and paste your answers into the boxes at time of submission. 

This vacancy is closed to applications.