“It is the best role I have had in 20 years of policing mostly due to the rewarding nature of the work. It is an opportunity to save young victims from the worst harm and significantly improve their life”
“As a Force we place a significant weight on staff wellbeing and welfare and have long standing and well embedded process and support services to assist colleagues whether that is preventative or reactive”
“There is a real ‘joint team effort’ feeling. We are all passionate and interested in our work and celebrate each other’s achievements”
“The force is a fantastic place to work. I felt welcome and supported from the day I arrived and continue to do so. The force is leading the way nationally in many aspects of Policing which I am now part of. I would have no hesitation in recommending officers from the wider Police family to choose Avon and Somerset.”
“The force is leading the way nationally in respect of RaSSO investigations. This is a great opportunity to be part of national positive change in Policing which is not only rewarding but also brings many opportunities for development.”
“The diversity of communities and geography, having the cities of Bristol and Bath as well as very rural patches was appealing to me. The mixture of the ‘buzz” of city policing mixed with the unique challenges of rural policing was appealing”
Quotes from current A&S officers
Here at Avon and Somerset Police we help people when they need us the most, our colleagues are motivated to ensure that support is given even in the most difficult times.
We are looking for passionate and capable people to join our specialist teams dedicated to the protection of children and young people.
We have a range of Detective Constable opportunities across our TOPAZ, RUBY and ICAT teams. More information on these teams can be found on the attached ‘Team context’ document.
Through the Topaz team we engage with children at risk of sexual exploitation to find innovative ways to support them whilst targeting and disrupting perpetrators. In the Ruby team we use specially trained detectives to investigate the most complex cases of child abuse in a multi-agency approach. In ICAT we investigate online child abuse, targeting perpetrators that believe they can offend over the internet without consequence.
On each of these teams our investigators work to safeguard children, some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, placing the voice of the child at the heart of our investigations.
These roles are not for everyone, you will be dealing with sensitive and challenging situations and as such you need to be someone who can show professionalism and resilience.
You will need to have the drive and determination to make a difference, we are looking for people with natural tenacity. In a role like this a curious nature is key, we want people who are not afraid to ask those key questions to gather all the evidence.
What you achieve in this role will change people’s lives, we know successful investigations are linked directly with prevention of future harm.
Specialist Child Abuse Investigator accreditation is preferred (SCAIDP) but for the right candidate full training will be provided.
The specialist skills we give you will allow you to hear the child’s voice, pursue offenders and investigate fully to present a clear and comprehensive case that ensures we bring offenders to justice.
Our organisation area is vast. We are definitely not a sleepy backwater as we cover over 1,855 Square miles and serve nearly 1.7 million residents. We service an international airport, miles of picturesque coastline, a huge network of roads, a vast number of towns and rural villages as well as several large world renowned cities including Bristol and Bath.
These all produce a challenging, lively and diverse policing environment. In addition the night time economy in many of these areas makes us a truly 24/7 service. Across all of this expanse our focus always is to provide outstanding policing for everyone.
We offer multiple entry pathways, together with structured learning and development tailored to individual’s needs, for example 121 mentoring specialist, course provision and dedicated time for study and support packages for the National Investigators Exam to name just a few.
You can be the difference to so many….could you be the difference we are looking for?
Our organisation We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion, we always welcome applications where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.
We encourage difference, we are an organisation where we see individuality as a strength we learn and grow from our experiences and those of others.
We want you to
- Be inspired.
- Be valued.
- Be the difference.
Please check out our website on the link for full details of these roles and the individuals we are looking to join us: Police transferees | Avon and Somerset Police
In addition we have wider opportunities in our investigations team (CID) as well as a many other roles. If you don’t see the role you are looking for, please get in touch to discuss further.
Click the video link below to see why our colleagues feel they can "Be the Difference"