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Police Sergeant National Firearms Instructor

Police Sergeant National Firearms Instructor - City of London Police

About us

A powerful and influential area such as the City of London demands a high calibre police force. The City of London Police does not disappoint.

Nationally and internationally recognised for its innovation and expertise, City of London Police strives to provide ever-improving levels of service to its unique community.

The Square Mile is home to over 450 international banks, 300,000 City workers and 8,000 residents and welcomes more than four million visitors to its iconic sites every year.

The Tactical Firearms Group (TFG) provides 24-hour firearms cover to both spontaneous and pre-planned operations in the City as well as supporting the Force in a number of other areas.

We currently have opportunities for Police Staff National Firearms Instructors to augment the Forces resilience within the Firearms Training Wing.

Location - Various locations at the discretion of the CFI

Within today’s Policing, the demand for firearms training is greater than ever. To ensure our officers acquire the requisite skills they need, we are recruiting a Police Sergeant, currently occupationally competent to ARV standard and qualified as a National Firearms Instructor to work within the City of London Police Firearms Training Wing. If you can teach our team to handle a wide range of weapons, you’ll enjoy a rewarding role that comes with excellent benefits.

We are offering a great opportunity to train officers for the challenging, essential and critical operational role of Authorised Firearms Officer and Armed Response Vehicle Officer. Managing a small team within the Firearms Training Wing, you will be deployed to various ranges, working as either a Range Conducting Officer (RCO) or Range Safety Officer (RSO). You will also support tactical firearms training at various locations, as either an Exercise Conducting Officer (ECO) or Exercise Safety Officer (ESO). The level of training we will expect you to deliver and manage will depend on your experience and qualifications.

To join us, you must be a substantive Police Sergeant within a Home Office Force, National Firearms Instructor and as a minimum be occupationally competent in the ARV Role Profile. You will have taught for at least 60 hours per year and have completed your Instructors’ CPD. Naturally, you will have completed a National Police Firearms Instructors Course (NFIC) at a College of Policing accredited training facility, and may have gained a recognised introduction to teaching qualification (AET, PTLLS, Cert Ed, NVQ or similar).

Equipping officers with the right skills is immensely rewarding. Your work could make a big difference – and even save lives.

To apply, please visit our website to download a role specific information pack and application form.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. We therefore welcome applications from everyone. You must have both the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been permanently resident in the UK for at least the previous three years. Any cautions or convictions including those deemed ‘spent’ must be declared at the point of application but will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

If you have any queries in respect of this opportunity, or need support in applying, please contact the City of London Police Recruitment Team at: or by telephone to 0207 601 2845

The team are available Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Essential Criteria:

  • Substantive Police Sergeant.
  • Qualified as a National Police Firearms Instructor (NFI) secured at a College of Policing accredited training facility.
  • Minimum occupational competency to ARV level.
  • Experience in delivery of UK Police firearms training within the past three years.
  • Hold Lead Instructor status by being currently occupationally competent, having delivered a minimum of 60hrs firearms training, completed firearms instructor CPD and having been assessed as competent in the previous twelve months; OR
  • Have held Lead Instructor status in the previous three years, and is willing to undergo re-assessment prior to employment.
  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Have a recognised introduction to teaching (AET, PTTLS, NVQ) or full teacher training (Cert Ed, DET) qualification.
  •  Experience in delivery of National Police Firearms Training at ARV level.
  • Hold an A1 Assessor qualification, or willing to undertake qualification.

Please note, all applicants will be required to submit a verifiable training record to demonstrate competence (or previous competence) in the Firearms Instructor role profile.

Applicants who have not delivered Police Firearms Training in the past twelve months must be willing to undergo re-assessment / re-qualification, which will include:

  • The delivery of a classroom based lesson relating to a weapon introduction.
  • The delivery of a classroom based tactical theory lesson.
  • The delivery of a range session performing the role of Range Conducting Officer.
  • Complete the National Carbine and Handgun Instructors Shoot.
  • A pistol accuracy shoot from 15 metres firing into an 8 inch circle.

This is the standard re-accreditation process, which is undertaken by all City of London Police firearms trainers annually. Applicants must also be able to complete the required professional development training for Firearms Instructors. It is therefore a condition of employment that applicants meet the current Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT) level of 9.4, as well as City of London Police medical standards.

Reports To: Inspector

Type: Police Sergeant

Area: City of London as well as deployment elsewhere and including overnight at various locations dependent upon the training being delivered.

Pre-employment Checks

Vetting Level: SC or equivalent, or willing to undergo SC or equivalent

Medical Checks Required: Health Screen, Sight Test, and Audiology. City of London Police and National Standards

Fitness Test Level: Level 9.4

Closing date for applications will be Friday 15th February 2019


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Applications should be submitted on the Application form attached, before e-mailing to:

HR Services at

If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, please contact Inspector Darren Pulman 0207 601 2253 / 07803305333

Closing Date:
15/02/2019 05:00 PM
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In accordance with National Police pay scales

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