Operation Bluestone - DS Transferee Vacancies

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Full Time
Forcewide- Avon and Somerset area

£45,867 - £48,129

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.  

20/12/2022, 11:10

Operation Bluestone DS transferee vacancies

At Avon and Somerset Police, we are revolutionising the way rape and serious sexual offences (RaSSO) are investigated and are now seeking enthused and passionate leaders who have an aspiration to join our existing team and in time become a part of our UK leading Operation Bluestone.

Our dedicated team of specialist investigators work collaboratively to decrease vulnerability led crime in relation to rape and sexual violence. Moving to a more robust approach to RASSO investigations, our aim is to not only increase the numbers of perpetrators brought to justice, but to significantly improve the experience, support and outcomes for victims, at a time when they are at their most vulnerable and in need of our help.

These roles are not for everyone. You and your team will be dealing with sensitive and unpleasant situations and as such will need to demonstrate professionalism and resilience at all times. You will need the drive, determination and leadership qualities to ensure your blended team of staff and officers make a difference, and ultimately change people’s lives for the better.

Initially, successful applicants may be posted into Core Investigations with a view to moving across to the dedicated Bluestone Team in the near future. 

We are looking for Detective Sergeants who have completed the Investigative Supervisors Development Programme (ISDP) and are either already Specialist Sexual Assault Investigator Development Programme (SSAIDP) accredited or, alternatively, have experience of working in rape and sexual assault investigation and be willing to complete such accreditation. In time, our aspiration is for all DS’s working within this team to also hold SCAIDP accreditation so any previous completion of this qualification would be advantageous.

We offer an extensive range of support and career development opportunities including structured leadership programmes, mentoring, and specialist course provision, to name a few. With our support, the specialist and dedicated skills developed will enable you to make a real difference to so many.

Operation Bluestone roles are available at;

•           Bristol (Kenneth Steele House)

•           Emersons Green (Concorde House)

•           Bridgwater (Sandy Padgett House)

•           Yeovil Police Station

If you currently serve in a Home Office Police force and are looking to transfer to Avon and Somerset Police, we would like to hear from you. Help us make the difference!

In the event you do not wish to apply for DS Bluestone opportunities at this time, please note we are also currently recruiting for generic investigative DS roles. Please contact our TAS Team/review our jobs page for further details.


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

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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

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This vacancy is closed to applications.