Transferee - Constable, Authorised Firearms Officer - ARV/SFO/CTSFO - 1785635, - Ref:1785635

Posted on 13th Dec 2018

Transferee - Constable, Authorised Firearms Officer - ARV/SFO/CTSFO - 1785635, - Ref:1785635

Uniform Required
Medical Required
Enhanced Vetting Required
DNA Elimination Required

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is one of the UK's largest police forces and is responsible for keeping its diverse population of almost three million people safe. Manchester in particular has been billed the most diverse city in Europe with its population speaking at least 153 different languages. We are committed to ensuring that the make-up of our workforce is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that having a diverse workforce makes us more approachable and relevant to the public.

The North West Counter Terrorism Firearms Hub based within the Greater Manchester force area provides a busy and demanding environment for Authorised Firearms Officers. The hub covers Greater Manchester, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside Police areas, whilst being available for regional and national deployment when demand dictates.

Greater Manchester Police are offering transfer opportunities for qualified firearms officers who are currently trained and operationally competent as an AFO base in the Armed Response Vehicle (ARV). We are also accepting applications from SFO/CTSFO role profiles who are currently serving within a Home Office force. Depending on operational need, successful candidates will be posted within the Specialist Operations Team, which includes Manchester Airport and the Firearms Unit within the Specialist Operations Branch.

For the ARV role you will:

• Be current in all NPFTC modules contained within the ARV role profile, with a proven level of competence in training and operational deployments to both initial and planned firearms operations.

• Have achieved Level 9.4 Bleep Test (ARV Level) within the last 12 months.

• Be medically fit to current Authorised Firearms Officer standards.

• Be serving in a recognised Home Office Force (excluding CNC & (MDP - for direct transfer to firearms)).

• Further evidence to demonstrate performance, attendance; Code of Ethics and the required level of professionalism will be required.

• Display full competence against the Policing Professional Framework for the rank of Constable.

• Additional skills such as Firearms Tactical Advisor; Operational Firearms Commander (OFC), National Firearms Instructor (NFI) will be advantageous but are not essential.

• There may be opportunities for ARV role profile officers to undergo selection for the CTSFO role profile.

For the SFO/CTSFO role you will:

• Be currently working as an SFO/CTSFO within your current force.

• Be current in all NPFTC modules contained within SFO/CTSFO role profiles.

• Have achieved Level 10.5 Bleep Test (SFO/CTSFO Level) within the last 12 months.

• Aspire to up skill to the role of CTSFO within GMP (the SFO role profile in GMP is a transitionary role and all GMP SFOs are expected to aspire to become CTSFOs).

• Be prepared to undertake an assessment of your current firearms skills on appointment in GMP.

• Current SFOs will attend a developmental course and qualify as a SFO (Live Fire).

• Once SFO (Live Fire) qualification is gained, progress to a CTSFO course as soon as a course is available.

• Any SFO who is not successful at the up skill process would deploy to ARV duties. Any CTSFO who fails to maintain competence will also deploy to ARV duties. Officers wishing to re-enter the CTSFO selection process will be reviewed on an individual basis by GMP Firearms Training Unit.

Any Officer aspiring to be an SFO/CTSFO MUST be prepared to go through enhanced vetting, prior to appointment with Greater Manchester Police. To do this you will be required to provide 5 years residency checks to the vetting unit.

To expedite the recruitment process, all candidates are asked to forward your current (NPFTC) training records and modules to GMP for review. These records will show that you have been certified proficient within these competencies by your current force, and this will need to be signed off by your Chief Firearms Instructor. Please send these training records to Firearms Recruitment,

Please refer to the attached Job Description for further details regarding the skills required to do this role.

The Job Description has been signposted to indicate at which stage of the process each criteria will be tested.

For specialist police posts;
• All candidates need to be a current authorised firearms officer, holding all relevant operational qualifications within their current force;
• Be confirmed in the rank of the vacancy;
• Have no outstanding disciplines (not including complaints).

Please note, successful candidates will be required to provide fingerprints and DNA samples.

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