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Police Officer

As a police officer, you will work in partnership with the communities you serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

As a Police Officer, your job is to reduce crime and make a real difference to the communities in Avon and Somerset.

Police Officer recruitment is currently closed.

What we offer

We offer a unique, stimulating and rewarding career with an opportunity to make a real difference to your community.

As a Police Officer, you will receive:

  • A starting salary of £20,880
  • An undergraduate degree in Policing Practice with entry through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route
  • Allowances for working different shift patterns, including bank holiday payments
  • 22 paid days of annual leave, which increases to 30 days depending on length of service, plus public holidays
  • A generous occupational sick pay scheme which provides a top up to statutory sick pay payments for up to 12 months
  • Wellbeing support and advice through our Occupational Health unit, Employee Assistance Programme and a range of staff associations
  • A range of public sector discounts from insurance to holidays
  • Lifestyle benefits, including sports, gym and social facilities and activities, cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers, including access to the Force Club
  • A competitive pension scheme
  • Training, leadership and development opportunities throughout your career
  • Opportunities to progress across a number of areas including community policing, dog handling and specialist investigations once you have completed your initial training
  • Career break opportunities
  • Free parking at some sites where available
  • Applications for flexible working, part time and job share will be considered
What we need

As a Police Officer, you will:

  • provide an outstanding service to your communities
  • have the integrity and values to hold a position of trust and responsibility
  • care about making a difference, enjoy helping people
  • want to actively engage in partnership with others, understanding their needs, whatever their background or situation
  • be professional, friendly and build relationships with your colleagues and your communities
  • be enthusiastic, reliable, self-disciplined, flexible and confident enough to take control of situations
  • take pride in your work and be proud to say you are a Police Officer

As a Police Officer, you will:

  • work alongside communities, liaising with community groups and individuals
  • provide a visible presence to deter crime and reassure the community
  • provide support and reassurance to people who have been subjected to a crime or anti-social behaviour
  • conduct patrol duties on foot, by car and bicycle
  • develop community knowledge to identify individuals and locations at risk of being involved in crime
  • respond to calls and requests from the public to assist at incidents
  • keep the peace at public meetings, social events, processions, trade disputes or strikes
  • diffuse potentially volatile situations with regard for the safety of all involved
  • act with sensitivity when dealing with situations such as delivering news of a sudden death or when dealing with sexual crimes
  • conduct initial investigations, gather evidence, take statements and comply with relevant legal requirements
  • interview suspects, victims and witnesses in accordance with relevant legislation
  • conduct arrests with due regard for the human rights, security and health and safety of detained individuals, members of the public, colleagues and yourself
  • prepare crime reports and present case files
  • attend and give evidence in court and at other hearings
Entry route (PCDA)

Currently the only entry route to be a Police Officer with Avon and Somerset is through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).

The apprenticeship involves studying at increasing academic levels over three years, up to degree level.

To apply you must:

  • have a minimum of one Level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • have been a Special Constable for the last 18 months with independent patrol status, or
  • have been in a police staff post with operational experience for at least 18 months

Find out more about the PCDA.

Recruitment process

To find out how to apply for a Police Officer role, view our Police Officer recruitment process.

Re-join as a Police Officer

If you have previously worked for us or another police force, you may be eligible to re-join as a police officer.

Promotions board

The police promotions process, also known as the promotions board, assesses competence at current rank and potential to achieve the next rank to identify and appoint those who are ready to be promoted.

Find out more about the police promotion process.


If you currently serve in a Home Office Constabulary, you are eligible to apply for a transfer to Avon and Somerset Police.

View current vacancies and find out how to apply for a transfer.

To make a recruitment related query, contact our recruitment team.

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