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Police Detective Transferee Vacancies

We are seeking Detective Constables for Investigative roles based in Bristol (Kenneth Steele House), Emerson’s Green (Concorde House), Bridgwater (Sandy Padgett House) and Yeovil Police Station.

As a Detective Constable you will be part of an Investigations team conducting proactive and reactive investigations into complex and serious crimes ensuring that offenders are brought to justice and communities are protected from harm.

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

Am I eligible?

  • I am transferring from a Home Office Police Constabulary
  • I have successfully completed the full IPDLP programme
  • I have successfully completed my 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 neuro-diverse and inclusive organisation that welcomes applications from everyone. Our inclusive culture - Avon & Somerset Police.

If you are 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.

About you

If you are high performing with a positive commitment to attendance 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 Constabulary values in everything you do.

What you need to know

Below are some extra details that help explain the process of transferring to work in our Constabulary.

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. We ask that you provide the following when you arrive for your interview:

  • Medical / Occupational Health Report
  • Sickness Record

Interview dates will be confirmed following shortlisting.

Please submit your application by 23:59 hours on the last day of the month.

Interviews will be held within 4 weeks of the advert closing and 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.


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.

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.

Applications for relocation assistance will be considered where appropriate.

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.

Officer’s must use all TOIL (Time Off In Lieu) and leave carried over from the previous year prior to starting with Avon and Somerset. Officers can bring their leave balance for the current year with them when they transfer.

Under most circumstances pension rights are directly transferable from one Constabulary to another.

Fitness test

All applicants will be required to attend a Medical Assessment, Uniform Fitting, Biometrics, Drugs and a Physical Fitness test on the day of their interview.

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.


If you have a BMI of 30.1 or more, you will be referred for a body fat assessment (BFA). The outcome of the BFA will determine whether you are eligible to join.

If you have a BMI of 35.1 or more, your application will not be processed further unless there are compelling or exceptional circumstances.

Contact Recruitment

If you have questions about working for Avon and Somerset Constabulary or the recruitment process, email

Related documents

  • Word icon DC Transferee Application Form
    Last updated: 15 April 2020