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Operation Bluestone – PC to DC and detective constable

We are looking for talented, enthused and passionate police constables (PC) and detective constables (DC) to join Operation Bluestone, a dedicated team of specialist investigators focusing on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RaSSO).

Operation Bluestone teams work collaboratively to:

  • decrease vulnerability-led crime in relation to rape and sexual violence
  • increase the number of perpetrators brought to justice
  • significantly improve support and outcomes for victims, at a time when they are at their most vulnerable and in need of our help

As a Bluestone PC or DC, you will deal with sensitive and unpleasant situations so you will need to demonstrate professionalism and resilience at all times. 

You will have the drive and determination to make a difference, with the confidence and natural tenacity to ask those key questions required to gather all possible evidence.

Your work will change people’s lives, with investigation successes linking directly with future prevention of similar repeat occurrences.

Operation Bluestone roles are available at:

  • Bristol (Kenneth Steele House)
  • Emerson’s 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.

What skills and qualifications do you need?

Police constables

We are looking for PCs who have an interest, passion and aptitude for investigative work and this type of offence.

You may have already taken, or be due to sit, your National Investigators Exam (NIE). You may have embarked on the detective accreditation pathway, or considering developing your career to become a detective in the future.

Detective constables

We are looking for DCs who have experience of working in rape and serious sexual assault investigations.

You may already be accredited in the Specialist Sexual Assault Investigator Development Programme (SSAIDP), or be willing to undertake the accreditation with our support.

Applicants should have completed the Professionalising Investigations Programme Level 2 (PIP2) accreditation (previously known as ICIDP).

Development pathway opportunities

We offer multiple pathways with structured learning and development support tailored to individual needs including:

  • 1-2-1 mentoring
  • specialist course provisions
  • dedicated time for NIE study and support packages

The specialist and dedicated skills you learn will enable you to make a real difference to so many.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible to transfer if you:

  • are transferring from a Home Office Police force
  • have successfully completed the full Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) programme
  • have successfully completed your probationary period and are working as an accredited detective
Why work for us

Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

Find out why you should work for us.

The transfer process

We will begin to process your application immediately on receipt.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview at Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters. We ask that you provide the following when you arrive for your interview:

  • Medical / Occupational Health Report
  • Sickness Record

Shortlisting takes place at the beginning of each month and interviews will be held within 4 weeks of the advert closing. Interview dates will be confirmed following shortlisting.

Start dates

We recognise the personal impact of transferring between constabularies and will therefore offer flexible start dates to cater for individual circumstances where possible.


Police officers are required to live in the Avon and Somerset Police area and within a twenty-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 need for personnel at particular locations. Your preferences will be noted and attempts will be made to accommodate.

Rent/housing allowance

If you currently receive a housing or rent allowance in your existing force, our force equivalent allowance will be paid.

Fitness and medical checks

On the day of your interview, you will be required to attend a:

Fitness test
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

Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment
You will need to meet our BMI standards as follows:

  • A BMI of 30.1% or more will mean you are referred for a body fat assessment. The outcome of the assessment will determine whether you are eligible to join.
  • A BMI of 35.1% or more will mean your application will not be processed further unless there are compelling or exceptional circumstances.

Ready to join us?

To make a recruitment related query, contact our Talent Acquisition team.

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