Transferee PC Firearms Trainer

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Full Time
Blackrock Specialist Training Centre
Portishead , Blackrock Training Centre- BS20 8JY

£28,551 - £46,044

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.  

28/08/2022, 23:55

Are you ready to join an innovative and progressive force, with the vision to deliver outstanding policing for everyone?

If you currently serve in a Home Office force and are looking to transfer to Avon and Somerset we would like to hear from you!

Specifically we are looking for experienced Police Constable firearms trainers to join a small team of firearms trainers where you will conduct and supervise the training of all authorised firearms officers in the Tri-force region.

You will be working together in a professional, highly motivated team to deliver engaging firearms training to all armed officers under the BRSTC training agreement. They come from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Wiltshire Police.

Your role in training firearms officers enables them to remain operationally deployable to all three forces. As you will be aware Firearms officers are an essential resource required to keep our communities safe and you can play a key part in achieving this.

Your main responsibility will be for the research, design and delivery of training events and courses in accordance with the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum (NPFTC).  You will also assist the Firearms Training Centre Management in the researching and reporting of recommendations on departmental working practices and procedures, ensuring the correct correlation between the NPFTC & the Force Firearms Strategic Threat & Risk Assessment.

You must hold a National Police Firearms Training Certificate (within the last 3 years) or be trained to Module F1 of the NPFTC, hold a teaching or training qualification to NVQ Level 3 in Training and Development or equivalent (AEAT – Award in education & Training) and be willing to achieve IOSH (Managing safely) within 12 months of appointment.

Experience of carrying out risk assessments, carrying out research to make recommendations, maintaining firearms and training equipment and experience of designing courses is desirable.

A full list of your responsibilities can be found within the attached Role Profile and you will be required maintain a Continuous Personal Development record and accreditations in line with this role.

You will also be required to comply with the following:-

  • Annual hearing and eyesight test in line with national standards;
  • Six monthly re-qualification shoot - 90% pass mark to meet the standards set out by the College of Policing;
  • Annual fitness test to the agreed national levels.

For further information regarding the role, please contact Emma Powell via email at

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

Eligibility to transfer

  • are transferring from a Home Office Police force, British Transport Police or the Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • have successfully completed the full Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and have completed a Policing Diploma
  • have successfully completed your probationary period

What We Offer

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 neurodiversity and inclusive organisation 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.


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.  Although the main advert suggests that the location is Portishead, Police Headquarters this is subject to change and postings will be based on operational need meaning there is flexibility around posting location.

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.

Fitness test & Interview

If successful at interview all applicants will be required to attend a Medical Assessment, Uniform Fitting, Biometrics, Drugs and a Physical Fitness test.  These will be completed at Police Headquarters in Portishead and cannot be transferred from your current force.

The fitness test will consist of the following elements:

 Warm up to level 3 on endurance fitness shuttle run (bleep test) followed by two minutes of stretching.

 Endurance fitness shuttle run (bleep test) up to the level required for your role.

You can learning more about our fitness test and watch a demonstration video on our Fitness Test page.

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.

For more information on transferring to Avon and Somerset please review our website: 


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 please contact

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

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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.