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Armed Response Unit Constable


Derbyshire Constabulary has an exciting opportunity for constables who are existing authorised firearms officers, trained to meet the Armed Response Unit Constable role profile, to transfer to Derbyshire.

As well as applications from officers currently serving in Home Office forces, we are able to consider applications from serving officers with a non-Home Office force through shortlisting and to interview in the first instance. At that stage, if successful at interview, we will carefully consider the officer’s training record and what additional training would be required on appointment. We will also take into account if we are able to provide the required training. 

Based on the officer’s training record we will also need to consider what roles are available to the applicant and cannot, at the early stages of the application, guarantee that an offer will be made or that an offer will be made within a specific timeframe. This will depend on the training etc. of the individual applicant.

About the unit

The Armed Response Unit provides the central armed response for the county, whilst the Firearms Support Unit provides all firearms training and tactical advice for the force.

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 also receive support and development within the unit. They will have exposure to a state-of-the-art firing range which is due for completion in December 2017.

The unit is currently working a four-on, four-off 12-hour shift pattern. There will be the opportunity for candidates to discuss their possible transfer to Derbyshire, in order to answer any queries they may have.

A relocation package is available to successful candidates provided the criteria for the package are met. Further details of the package are available on request.

These are challenging roles that require the successful candidates to demonstrate:

  • Current or recent operational experience. 
  • A proven ability to undertake all duties outlined in the national Armed Response Unit Constable (shooting and tactics) role profile. Candidates must be able to produce a training record endorsed by their chief firearms instructor.
  • Have a National Police Firearms Instructor Qualification (Firearms Instructor Constable role only)

About the county 

Derbyshire is a predominantly rural area which includes large parts of the Peak District National Park, offering opportunities for an outdoor lifestyle and an enhanced quality of life.

However, we also have vibrant urban centres in the city of Derby and the town of Chesterfield and our central location, with excellent transport links and trains taking you to London in 90 minutes, suits those who also enjoy the city life or like to escape and travel on their rest days. 

Derbyshire Constabulary has recently been assessed as “good” across all areas by HMIC, with our report stating: “the force provides a good service in identifying and responding to the needs of vulnerable people, including victims of domestic abuse. It continues to improve the quality of crime investigations. I have been particularly impressed by the force’s outstanding work on disrupting the activity of organised crime groups.” 

Apply for this role 

Derbyshire Constabulary are utilising Positive Action, and encouraging people from under-represented communities to apply. More information on Positive Action can be found on our Valuing People, Valuing Difference pages:

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