As a Police Officer, your job is to reduce crime and make a real difference to the communities in Avon and Somerset.
You will provide support and reassurance to people who have been subjected to a crime or anti-social behaviour. And many will look to you for guidance and protection.
We want people who will provide an outstanding service to our communities - somebody with integrity and the values to hold a position of trust and responsibility.
You need to care about making a difference, enjoy helping people, and want to actively engage in partnership with others, understanding their needs, whatever their background or situation.
We want someone who is professional, friendly and can build relationships with their colleagues and their communities. You need to be enthusiastic, reliable, self-disciplined, flexible and confident enough to take control of situations.
We want people who take pride in their work and who will be proud to say they are a police officer.
There are a few basic requirements you need to meet if you want to become a police officer.
We want to encourage people of diverse backgrounds, experience and beliefs, who share our value of caring and want to make a difference in the community, to consider working for us.
Applicants are not limited to any particular age group - in fact, we welcome those who are looking for a career change.
The minimum age to apply is 18 and, although there is no upper age limit, you should bear in mind that the normal retirement age for police officers is 60.
You should also be aware that all new recruits, whatever their age, are required to undertake a three year probationary period. Once you have completed your probation period, you will be eligible to apply for other roles should this be your preference.
Applicant guidelines are fairly comprehensive. Here are a few of the requirements:
You will not be eligible if you:
Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory Lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of:
Avon and Somerset carry out a social media check when vetting takes place.
From September 2019, completing a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is the only entry route into a career as a Police Officer with Avon and Somerset Police.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is a practical and classroom based training process, supported with tutorship that will give applicants the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a police officer.