Police Constable – Authorised Firearms Officer (Airport AFO)


Posted on 10th Jul 2024

Police Constable – Authorised Firearms Officer (Airport AFO)

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Police are looking for authorised firearms officers (AFO / ARVO) to join their dynamic two base armed policing team. The Armed Policing Unit is a successful collaboration supporting 24/7-armed response across all three forces with overt, high visibility patrols at London Luton Airport as a key part of the departments remit. If you’re looking to develop your career and uncover new challenges, BCH APU is a diverse organisation both internally and geographically. There are two operating bases, in Huntingdon and at the brand-new facility at Luton Airport with the firearms training centre based out of Bedfordshire Police HQ.

The Operational teams work a 4 on 4 off pattern and receive a targeted variable payment of £2000.

Officers have exclusive access to a range of vehicles including Volvo XC90s and bespoke vehicles to support surveillance operations and CAT A prison Escorts.

The team maintains armed support to the forces in respect of spontaneous armed response, ARV CBRN incidents and demands in respect of counter terrorism including frequently supporting national events through mutual aid. Officers also maintain a permanent presence at Luton Airport with initial attendance at high risk response policing incidents. In addition to dealing with wide ranging crime and disorder, our officers are often required to police high profile local and national events across each of the three forces, support to visiting royals and dignitaries and the escorting of high profile prisoners.

Who we’re looking for

Policing is tough and officers are often required to deal with conflict in dynamic situations. In the vast majority of situations, these are resolved using carefully selected verbal communication, body language and by managing human interaction.

While our armed officers attend numerous incidents each year, they are expertly trained in advanced levels of conflict resolution and de-escalation which means that it is incredibly rare for an officer to have to discharge their firearm to achieve a peaceful conclusion.

We're looking for officers with a strong and analytical mind as well as emotional awareness, as firearms officers require the ability to process significant amounts of information dynamically and then take reasoned and defensible action under pressure. They will be looking to take all possible eventualities into consideration, assessing the information available, measuring the risks and determining the best course of action; all before the use of a firearm.

The process

Essential criteria

Officers confirmed in Rank and outside of probationary period

AFO / ARVO with no outstanding training development needs,

Advanced driver trained (if only response driver trained, then prior to appointment to BCH APU a driving school assessment drive will need to be completed)

No live misconduct investigations and PDR or equivalent to be submitted with the application

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