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Authorised Firearms Officer Transferee Constables DE24

Location: Derbyshire

Salary: £28,551 - £46,044

Contract: Permanent

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Closing date: 1st July, 2024

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Derbyshire Constabulary has an exciting opportunity for constables, who are existing Authorised Firearms Officers, to transfer to Derbyshire.

About the unit:-

The Armed Response Unit provides the central armed response for the county and niche specialist capability including Tactical Rifle, Close Protection and Mobile Armed Support to Surveillance. It also provides Firearms tactical advice for the force with the Firearms Support Unit.


The Armed Response Unit is an evolving group of professional officers who are highly trained and motivated. The teams have access to the most up-to-date equipment and training to ensure they can carry out their role and receive support and development within the unit. We a modern state-of-the-art firing range which was completed in December 2017.


The unit is currently working a four-on, four-off 12-hour shift pattern.


This is a challenging role that requires the successful candidates to demonstrate:


  • A proven ability to undertake all duties outlined in the National Authorised Firearms Officer role profile.
  • Candidates must be able to produce a training record endorsed by their Chief Firearms Instructor.


You must be:-

  • Substantive in the rank of Constable within a Home Office force
  • Be an occupationally and operationally competent Authorised Firearms Officer trained to a minimum AFO role profile as detailed in the NPFTC.
  • Be able to pass the JRFT to level 9-4 on application
  • Be a current police advanced driver or willing to take an advanced driving course
  • Be able to evidence occupational and operational competence at interview
  • Have no outstanding discipline or integrity issues with current force.



The Recruitment Process

Stage 1: Your application – you will need to provide evidence that demonstrates your competency to be an Authorised firearms officer.


Please ensure you review the Competency and Values Framework document before applying.


Stage 2: Interview – this will be with two senior officers who will be assessing you against the personal qualities required for an Armed Response Unit Constable, and also your commitment to Derbyshire Constabulary and the challenges that we face as a County.

Stage 3: Firearms Assessment

Stage 4: Pre–employment checks – If you are successful at the interview you will be invited in for a medical and fitness test. If you pass both the medical and fitness test we will also carry out vetting checks and contact your current force HR department and line manager for employment references.

Stage 5: Final Offer – If all of the above checks are met satisfactorily, we will write to you offering you a position with Derbyshire Constabulary.

Please do not serve your notice to your current force until you have received your final offer letter in writing.


Please check the website for more information.

The application form and job description are both available on our E-Recruitment website which allows you to track the progress of your application.


The 'Recommend Derbyshire' scheme applies to this vacancy. Please see the attached document for full details of the scheme.


Successful applicants for this post will be able to apply for reimbursement of relocation expenses. Full details of the package available is attached.


In addition to the above, we are pleased to announce that we are offering incentive payments for this post. Each successful candidate will receive £1000. If you are a National Firearms Instructor, Tactical Advisor or Operational Firearms Commander an additional payment of £1000 is available. A maximum of £2000 per person in addition to the Relocation Scheme will be paid.


Please be aware that where Officers are unable to retain their firearms status, in accordance with the Firearms Training Standard Operating Procedures, they may be permanently removed from the post


Please be aware that we are not able to accept applications from officers serving in non-Home Office Forces.


The closing date may be earlier than stated depending on the number of applications received.

We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds and encourage anyone who has considered a career in policing to apply. We are particularly keen to increase the number of females and candidates from black and minority ethnic communities and candidates from the LGBT community, so that we can truly reflect the communities that we serve in.

Working for the constabulary

Policing in Derbyshire takes more than 3,500 people in a wide range of roles. Around half of these are police officers, but we also have a variety of police staff. From police community support officers to police staff and volunteers, we all play an equally important role in protecting the people of Derbyshire.

It’s a vibrant, challenging and rewarding place to work and we’re committed to equality and diversity. We aim to create a constabulary that truly reflects the communities we serve. As part of this, we promote Positive Action. This means when you apply to join us, as well as assessing you on merit, we’ll look at your application according to our need and in line with current legislation to actively encourage a more diverse workforce.