Detective Sergeant

Job Description

We are looking for talented, enthused and passionate Detective Sergeants to join our dedicated investigative teams to mainly on the following areas: 
  • Core investigative/CID teams – investigating crimes ranging from assaults through to attempted murder, tackling threats to life from organised crime groups and finding missing people at the highest risk of harm. 
  • Operation Ruby – investigating and prosecuting the most predatory of offenders that pose a risk to children, ensuring the voice of the child is heard.
  • Operation Bluestone – working with partners to identify, target and bring to justice perpetrators of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences, while providing an outstanding level of care and support to victims.


  • Bridgwater Police Centre- TA6 4RR
  • Bristol, Concorde House- BS16 7FH
  • Bristol, Kenneth Steele House- BS2 0TQ
  • Yeovil, Police Station- BA20 1SN

Our Chief Constable Sarah Crew is the national lead for sexual violence against Women and girls, and our passionate RASSO investigators are leading the way, with pioneering offender-based investigations. 

You will need to be driven and determined to make a difference and we are looking for people who are curious and are not afraid to ask those key questions and be patient to gather all the evidence, what you bring to this role will change people’s lives.  

Here at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, we are investing significantly in our CID teams which lead both proactive and reactive investigations into complex and serious crimes.

As a result, this an exciting time to join our team, and seize the opportunity to help shape and influence both service delivery and team performance from a challenging, yet rewarding investigative role.

We are looking for the highest quality officers to join our ranks who can commit to, and deliver our force values (Caring, Courageous, Inclusive and Learning) in everything they do.

To enable us to deliver outstanding policing for everyone, we need Leaders from all backgrounds with a range of professional and life experiences so that we are truly representative of our communities and those we seek to support. What you achieve in such a role will change peoples’ lives.

Due to the current operational demand we are currently looking to post successful applicants to the South of the force area based in Bridgwater or Yeovil.

What skills and qualifications do you need?

As a leader you will have the drive, determination and leadership qualities to ensure your blended team of staff and officers make a difference, and ultimately change people’s lives for the better.

We are looking for Detective Sergeants who have completed the Investigative Supervisors Development Programme (ISDP).

We offer an extensive range of support and career development opportunities including structured leadership programmes, mentoring, and specialist course provision to name but a few.

The experience you bring, and the further specialist and dedicated skills you can develop, will enable you to make a real difference to so many.

The salary you will be offered on appointment will be equivalent to your current basic salary before any allowances are considered.

Why Avon & Somerset Police?

Our organisation area is vast, covering over 1,855 Square miles and serving nearly 1.7 million residents.

We service an international airport flying to over 130 destinations, miles of picturesque coastline, a huge network of roads, a vast number of towns and rural villages and not forgetting the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Bristol and the world renowned, cultural spa city of 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.

There really is something for everyone in Avon and Somerset making it a fantastic place to live and work.  

We have so many amazing days out and events across our patch, the international Balloon fiesta attracts over 500,000 visitors each year and is simply breath taking to watch.  We have great seaside days out in places like Weston Super Mare, Burnham and Brean and let’s not forget all of the historical and cultural attractions on our door step.

If you are more enticed by the hustle and bustle there is a huge array of events and opportunities such as Glastonbury Festival, Championship football matches, carnivals and a continuously growing music and show scene.  There are also numerous opportunities to get involved celebrating the diversity across Avon and Somerset with events such as the famous St Paul’s Carnival and numerous pride events throughout the region with the Bristol event being ranked in the top 30 of Global world pride events.

We have a host of award-winning schools, colleges and universities including UWE and the University of Bath, these offer excellent opportunities for those students looking to take that next step.

You can be the difference to so many….could you be the difference we are looking for?

About us

Diversity is a strength and individuality is an asset.

We recognise the benefit different life experience and perspectives can bring.

We are on a journey to become the most inclusive police force in the country. 

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