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Officer Transferees

Investigative Transferees
We currently have ongoing recruitment for Investigative Officers. If you would like to apply to transfer, please email 
advising us of your contact details and rank. The Recruitment team will contact you with further information.

Bristol is the 8th largest city in the UK and is a lively, diverse and rapidly expanding city; Somerset is a beautiful county and 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 rapidly expanding areas of new housing and commercial development attracting businesses and young families - all of which combines to provide different and challenging policing.

Come and work for us and you could be working on the coast, in the country or in a vibrant city or town centre such as Bristol, Wells, Bath or Taunton.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, as evidenced by the excellent rating in the HMIC ‘Valuing the Police’ report, which demonstrates how as a force, we’ve pulled together and innovatively made the savings asked of us – all the while reducing crime and increasing public confidence.

We take seriously our commitment to all of those who work for us and this year the Constabulary was awarded Gold Investors in People accreditation, which recognises our on-going commitment to support, develop and empower our people to deliver the best possible service to the public.

About you

If you have an excellent attendance record, are high performing and are looking for a new challenge then we could be the place for you.

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:

  • Public First
  • To be professional, friendly and interested
  • Today's Business Today
  • Quality Counts

What you need to know

We will begin to process your application immediately on receipt. Applicants who are successfully shortlisted will be invited for an interview at the Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters, normally within one week and applicants will be notified of the outcome of the interview within two days. We would expect, subject to references and clearance checks, that applicants will take up their appointments within two months.


Current Force policy requires officers to live 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 Force need for personnel at particular locations. Individual preferences will be noted and attempts made to accommodate, depending on the Force's need at the time.

Rent/housing allowance

For those officers who currently receive a housing or rent allowance in their existing force, our force equivalent allowance to our maximum will be paid. These amounts are as follows:

  • Full transitional rent allowance - £263.67 per month
  • Flat rate transitional rent allowance - £131.84 per month
  • Standard housing allowance - £197.90 per month
  • Half standard housing allowance - £98.95 per month

Salary and leave

Officers in this Force 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 force 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 force to another.

Fitness test

All applicants will be required to attend a medical assessment and a physical fitness test on the day of their assessment.

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 level 5/4.

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

Useful contacts

All recruitment queries should be referred to:

Recruitment Team
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
PO Box 37
Valley Road
BS20 8QJ

01275 816142