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Working in Avon and Somerset

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

Bristol is one of Britain’s core cities and the eighth largest. It is a lively, diverse and rapidly expanding city, with a vibrant and cosmopolitan nature. It is home to the renowned St Pauls Carnival, international balloon fiesta, harbourside regatta and an ever increasing student and tourist population.

Somerset includes coastal areas with a high volume of seasonal visitors and remote rural communities such as Exmoor. It hosts Glastonbury Festival, Bridgwater Carnival and boasts extensive rural farmland, moors and coastline which stretch across to the historic cities of Bath and Wells.

South Gloucestershire and North Somerset have fast-growing areas of new housing and commercial development attracting businesses and young families.

We police 1,844 square miles and service a large, diverse population of 1.65 million and approximately 679,000 households.  

These factors combine to provide different and diverse policing challenges, where pockets of substantial wealth contrast with deprived localities and communities.

Our priorities are to ensure a diverse and representative workforce by upholding equality of access to policing for all.

If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Avon and Somerset is the force for you.