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#JoinASP - help us represent the communities we serve

We are launching a drive to increase the recruitment of under-represented groups from across the force area to reflect the diversity in our communities. Police Officer recruitment is open from 12noon Monday 5th September until 12noon Monday 12th September.

Two uniformed police officers walking and smiling in 1987, and the same officers in the same pose in 2015.
Norman Pascal and Sue Scott in 1987 (left) progressed from PC's to Chief Inspector and Detective Chief Superintendent 2015 (right)

Chief Inspector Norman Pascal said: "We recognise we have some way to go to truly represent the communities we serve and are identifying ways to encourage people to join us. Our ultimate aim is to be an attractive employer for everyone.

"Much of our work is identifying why these groups don’t see us as an employer of choice and we are also looking at ways to support people through the application process."

The Representative Workforce at Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been working to increase the diversity as a whole and are looking at ways to support people from under-represented groups through the recruitment process. This can be people with disabilities, BME or lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “For Avon and Somerset to be the best police force it can be, it needs to be truly representative of the local communities it serves. Being part of the policing service is a rewarding and fulfilling career choice and we hope that people from all backgrounds recognise that.

“It’s important that the doors are open to anyone and everyone who is considering a vocation in policing and wants to make a difference. Avon and Somerset is a diverse and vibrant place to live and work and if you have a passion for keeping your local community safe and feeling safe I would encourage you to find out more and apply.”

Follow our campaign on twitter @ASPolice, @ASPoliceRepWork using #JoinASP to discover the opportunities for jobs and careers here at Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Visit our recruitment pages for current vacancies. Find out how people feel about working here and how you can join us.

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Picture of Shafaqut, PC, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Quote: Growing up, there was not a single Asian Police Constable in my area and that always played on my mind, making me question why.

Shafaqut - Loves Ironing, Sportsman and PC

I’m Shafaqut and I have been a Police officer for eight years now, after I graduated from university. I joined not so I can drive with the sirens and blue lights on (although that’s fun) but so my community could be proud to have one of their locals representing them.

Growing up, there was not a single Asian police officer in my area and that always played on my mind making me question why.

After spending seven years on the response team I became a beat officer. The role itself is challenging dealing with long term issues, learning different aspects of policing and working with partnering agencies to achieve a collective goal, and when that goal is reached it is a sweet moment.

Being a police officer can be stressful, people cope in different ways but for me it’s playing sport, ironing and spending time with my family and friends that helps me.


Picture of Kate, IAU, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Quote: At 17 I had a motorbike accident and I lost my leg. I had to make big career changing decisions to adapt to my disability.

Kate - Nana, Postman Pat Lover and Incident Assessor & Review Officer

I’m Kate and I have been working at A & S for 14 years and I love it. I began as a call handler. After 12 years I felt I needed another challenge and moved into the Incident Assessment Unit (IAU).

My ambition was to be an air stewardess. But at 17 I had a motorbike accident and I lost my leg. I use crutches to get about. I had to make big career changing decisions to adapt to my disability.

I married and had two children, and loved being a housewife and mum, but as I found myself one day laughing at Postman Pat whilst eating my lunch – and the kids were at school – I decided I needed to get a job.

Working in IAU is about accuracy and is victim focused. We have to know the difference between common assault and GBH, theft and robbery. We are the first point of contact for the victim.


Picture of Colin, Detective Constable, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Quote: My role as a Detective Constable is one of great satisfaction as I deal with a variety of incidents and meet lots of interesting people.

Colin Williams - Football Manager, Sportsman and Detective Constable

I’m Colin and I served in the Royal Navy for nine years and during my time developed aspirations to join the police. It has been the highlight of my career and I have not looked back.

I was a PC for ten years and I have been a detective constable for 14 years and it has given me great satisfaction.

I deal with a variety of incidents and meet lots of interesting people. Each day is unpredictable; I could be at my desk examining vital evidence to attending the scene of a serious crime. I enjoy my role and I'm pleased that I can provide help to all the people I meet.


Picture of Leanne, PC, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Quote: I have been assaulted, shouted at,  sworn at and hated by some, but thanked, hugged and welcomed by the majority.

Leanne – Mum, Weight Lifter and PC

I’m Leanne and I live with my partner Charlotte, my two stepsons, five cats and a dog. I have been a police constable for 12 ½ years, and a member of the LGBT liaison team for two and half years.

I wanted to be a police officer from the age of ten years old. I also volunteer as a police cadet leader.

I have been involved in situations that have made me cry with laughter and with sadness. I have been assaulted, shouted at, sworn at and hated by some, but thanked, hugged and welcomed by the majority. If I can go home at the end of a shift knowing I have done all I can to help someone, then I am doing what I joined to do.


Picture of Bijou, PCSO, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Quote: Sometimes we choose our work and other times the work chooses us.

Bijou - Mum, Paraglider and PCSO

I’m Bijou. Sometimes we choose our work and other times the work chooses us. I'm a very optimistic and outgoing person who likes to help others.

As a PCSO I have the opportunity to solve problems and help people in difficult situations. I find working with children especially rewarding- these days’ children are often confused and lacking positive role models.

Two years ago I took climbing lessons and became hooked. This gives my 12 year old daughter, my partner and I something to do together that we all enjoy.


Picture of Lou, Dog Handler, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, posing with sveral dogs. Quote: My advice is to choose something you enjoy and it doesn't feel like work - follow your dreams

Lou – Mum, Animal Lover and Dog Handler

I’m Lou and I feel privileged to have two amazing dogs that I love to work and share with my family. It’s fair to say that my husband is very understanding.

Home life is rather busy when you put two daughters, an elderly horse, chickens, cats and guinea pigs and our pet spaniel into the mix. I just have to keep juggling those balls and often survive on five hours sleep. But it is so worth it.

I started my career almost 24 years ago. I trained as a Detective and worked in CID and the child abuse investigation team.

My ambition was always to be a dog handler. The assessments were tough and physically challenging to test those with grit and determination. I may not have been the fastest, but I have bucket loads of that. I fell at the interview stage and had to repeat the assessment 18 months later. That was almost seven years ago now. My advice is to choose something you enjoy and it doesn’t feel like work - follow your dreams.


Picture of Luke, Call Handler, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Quote: I can deal with a shop theft, a suicidal person, a violent assault, and a neighbour's dog barking too loudly... all before I've had a cuppa.

Luke - Loves The Night Shift Buffet and Call Handler

I’m Luke and I have been a call handler for two years, answering Emergency 999 and Non-Emergency 101 calls. These have been the best two years of my life.

I left University with an English degree, a lot of debt and not a lot of direction. I applied to be a police officer a couple of years ago and as I was getting through each stage of the lengthy and difficult recruitment process, I realised that I wasn’t sure I wanted to work in policing.

I didn’t get the PC role on that occasion but it opened my eyes to other roles within the police that I never imagined existed. A call handler role came up and here I am.

The six weeks training was challenging but I felt supported throughout. The learning however never stops.

I can have someone report a shop theft, speak to a suicidal person, take details of a violent assault, and then deal with someone reporting their neighbour’s dog barking too loudly…all before I’ve had a cup of tea.

If you’re thinking about a challenging, engaging and rewarding change of direction in life then this is it.