Police officer recruitment will open next week, on Monday 5th September and we want you to join us.
We are sportsmen, mums, spin class addicts, Brownie leaders and animal lovers just like you. But, we are also police officers. We are passionate about tackling crime, being there for those who are most vulnerable and keeping our communities safe. Is this you?
We are looking for talented people from every corner and community in Avon and Somerset. We want to reflect the diverse communities we serve and to counter any misconceptions about police culture and practices amongst diverse groups.
Meet some of our police officers doing a range of jobs:
If you are interested in a rewarding career helping people in your community, find out more:
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.
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.
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.
I’m Annette and I’m a firearms officer working as part of Tri Force Specialist Operations. When I joined the police almost 15 years ago I had never anticipated that I would join the firearms team.
I provided support on an operation, where I observed the firearms team negotiate a male from a property. I thought to myself: “I could do that but I know nothing about guns”.
I am now the acting sergeant on the team covering firearms, roads policing and dogs. I am an operational firearms commander, tactical advisor and tactical medic. I really enjoy my job. Every day is different and I have been lucky enough to be involved in exciting jobs such as the Olympics and the Nato Summit.
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, 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.
I’m Sabeena. After completing my Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, I worked for two and a half years at Parc Prison. I started my policing career in Bath, on the response team, and stayed for five and a half years. I have just recently moved to Investigations. I hope to eventually gain my detective qualification.
I find the role, fun and exciting, I am constantly faced with new challenges and experiences. I meet lots of new people, some good, some bad and each day is a learning curve. I can honestly say that if I was in any other job, I would easily get bored.
My journey started with one quote on a scrap of paper, “We shall have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but also for the appalling silence of the good”. When I read Martin Luther King Jnr’s words I knew that I had to do my bit to make a difference in society. I wanted to make our world a better place, rather than simply sitting on the sofa shouting at the news every night.
I had to serve in a response team for at least two years before I could apply to the mounted section. Those years turned into eleven with the blink of an eye. I had experienced such a rich, diverse and challenging career but my heart was still drawing me towards the mounted. I have a job that I love despite some really tough days. And I still have that scrap of paper with the Martin Luther King quote tucked safely in my wallet.