Dog Resourcing Officer/ Dog Instructor


Posted on 1st Mar 2019

Dog Resourcing Officer/ Dog Instructor

Vacancy Information

Division / Department - Operations Command
Grade - Grade G
Status - Part Time
Contract Type - Fixed Term Contract
Salary Grade Range - £26,219 - £31,314
Working Hours - 24.0 Hours per Week

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range.

The Role

As this role is on a part time basis the salary will be pro-rata.

Maintenance of dog within instructor’s home environment whilst its future potential is monitored.


Instruct students (police and other organisations) attending both initial and refresher dog courses in General Purpose, Explosive, Drug and Firearm detection, including classroom lectures and presentations, and ‘hands on’ dog training within the dogs expected work environment.


Teach students the recognised search systems currently employed by all UK police dog sections. To lecture on current trends within explosives, drugs and firearms used by terrorists or the criminal fraternity, and to keep students abreast of the changes in demands to meet standards for Home Office dog instruction.


Train and assess the suitability of both dogs and handlers and pass and fail as necessary. This is to include visiting other sites, outside of the Dog School, to carry out these assessments.


Liaise with all agencies at present engaged within the detection of explosive/drugs etc., in order to maintain an up to date assessment of current trends.


Maintain a register of all venues of use by course, students, and dogs, and where necessary increase the number in order to ensure the variety and scope of dog training.


Prepare full written reports on students attending the dog school.


Take into his/her home address dogs purchased or offered as potential police dogs in order to assess their viability for the task. If suitable to care and train the dog in order to hand it over to a suitable student.


Keep abreast of current legislation appertaining to the carriage, keeping and use of substances used in dog training.he task. If suitable to care and train the dog in order to hand it over to a suitable student.


Be responsible for the care of substances in his/her charge whilst training and maintain the necessary registers of such substances.


To carry out any other tasks relating to the role of Police Dog Instructor, as requested by the Dog School Manager.


To select and train dogs and instruct police and other personnel in all aspects of dog handling. To meet national standards, and thereby contribute towards and effective service response, to meet public expectations within the terms and standards of the Surrey Police Charter.


This is a 1 year fixed - term contract, with the possibility of an extension. If you are internal this will be on a secondment basis.

Key Responsibilities

Maintenance of dog within instructor’s home environment whilst its future potential is monitored.


Instruct students (police and other organisations) attending both initial and refresher dog courses in General Purpose, Explosive, Drug and Firearm detection, including classroom lectures and presentations, and ‘hands on’ dog training within the dogs expected work environment.


Teach students the recognised search systems currently employed by all UK police dog sections. To lecture on current treynds within explosives, drugs and firearms used by terrorists or the criminal fraternity, and to keep students abreast of the changes in demands to meet standards for Home Office dog instruction.


Train and assess the suitability of both dogs and handlers and pass and fail as necessary. This is to include visiting other sites, outside of the Dog School, to carry out these assessments.


Liaise with all agencies at present engaged within the detection of explosive/drugs etc., in order to maintain an up to date assessment of current trends.


Maintain a register of all venues of use by course, students, and dogs, and where necessary increase the number in order to ensure the variety and scope of dog training.


Prepare full written reports on students attending the dog school.


Take into his/her home address dogs purchased or offered as potential police dogs in order to assess their viability for the task. If suitable to care and train the dog in order to hand it over to a suitable student.


Keep abreast of current legislation appertaining to the carriage, keeping and use of substances used in dog training.he task. If suitable to care and train the dog in order to hand it over to a suitable student.


Be responsible for the care of substances in his/her charge whilst training and maintain the necessary registers of such substances.


To carry out any other tasks relating to the role of Police Dog Instructor, as requested by the Dog School Manager.

Skills & Experience

The ACPO/NPCC General Purpose Police Dog Instructor’s course certificate.


The ACPO/NPCC Explosive Search Dog Instructor’s Course certificate.


The ACPO/NPCC Drugs Search Instructors Course certificate


Experience in the training and use of general-purpose police dogs in order to assist other members of staff to fulfil their role and undertake such training in times of sickness or protracted absence.


A flexible approach and be prepared to work long and unsociable hours if required.


Ability to work effectively as a team member and make positive contributions to activities within a team environment.


An enquiring mind and a high level of interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


A methodical approach to work with the ability to assimilate, retain and apply all info and provide effective responses.


The ability to work to a high professional standard with little or no immediate supervision.


The ability to operate computer-based systems and/or the willingness to undertake training to become proficient in Surrey Police systems.


Previous experience at a Regional Police Dog Training School

Additional Information

This post is being advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes. Any redeployees who are identified will be given preference. This may result in the post being withdrawn at any point during the recruitment process.

If you are an internal candidate looking to apply for this role, please ensure that you discuss your application with your line manager before submitting an application. If you are conditionally offered the role your attendance record and any reasonable adjustments already in place will be discussed with yourself and your current line manager.

Surrey Police and Sussex Police Special Constables, Volunteers and Agency Staff (excluding self employed workers) covered under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are eligible to apply for internal advertised posts.

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We value diversity and inclusion and want to attract the best people for the roles available regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, disability, social status and religious beliefs.

We want to do all we can to encourage fair and inclusive opportunities, helping us to ensure that all individuals are properly supported and represented.

We are committed to the elimination of unfair discrimination and we are determined to ensure that all or employees receive fair and equitable treatment.

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who are from different ethnic backgrounds and experiences.

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