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Avon and Somerset police officer recruitment now open

Police Officer Recruitment Now Open

Avon & Somerset Police has opened applications for the latest round of police officer recruitment.

In order to apply to become a Police Constable (PC), all new officer candidates must first complete our online police officer eligibility check which is now open and will close at 23.59 on Monday 11 November.

There are currently spaces remaining for the next Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) course starting 2020. The PCDA is now the primary route for new officer candidates and provides an opportunity for talented individuals from all backgrounds to obtain a degree whilst working and earning a full salary.

The PCDA programme is delivered in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and includes classroom delivery, practical application and tutorship. New joiners will be in uniform and getting experience on the beat after 13 weeks.

Who should apply?

We want to hear from people who want to make a difference and will provide an outstanding service to our communities. You must be professional, friendly and able to build relationships with colleagues and your communities. You need to be enthusiastic, reliable, self-disciplined, flexible and confident enough to take control of situations.

If you enjoy helping people, and want to actively engage in partnership with others, understanding their needs, whatever their background or situation, then we want to hear from you. Our mission is to serve our communities and the most effective way we can do this is if the people who work for us are representative of our communities.

To be eligible to apply for a PC role, you must be at least 18 and be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the UK. Applicants will have a minimum of one Level 3 qualification or equivalent or relevant experience.

How do I apply?

Candidates must first complete an online eligibility check which closes on 11 November. Those candidates who are eligible will be notified and invited to fill in an application form and answer three competency based questions. If successful you will then be required to attend an assessment centre where you will be assessed in across five elements: interactive role play; written test; verbal and logical reasoning test; numerical test; an interview.

Following this, successful applicants will then undergo pre-appointment checks and assuming checks are cleared, you will be contacted with a final offer of employment.

For more information about becoming a police officer including how to apply, please visit

PCSO recruitment also open

Avon and Somerset is also looking to recruit a number of new PCSOs (Police Community Support Officer) with applications opening on Monday (4 November) and closing at 23.59 on Wednesday 13 November. For more information about becoming a PCSO including how to apply please visit