11.10 PM Wednesday 23 July 2014

Police Staff

Police Staff are employed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset under the direction and control of the Chief Constable. Staff are primarily employed at Police Headquarters, Winfrith, Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown and Weymouth as well as in smaller numbers at other Police stations throughout the county. Police Staff are an essential part of the Police Service and complement the operational functions performed by police officers. Anyone wishing to take up an appointment as a member of the Police staff should, therefore, be able to identify fully with the aims of the Police Service.

Operations StaffA Civilianisation process over recent years has helped to release operational Police Officers to concentrate on their primary role of front line policing. Whilst Police Staff continue to take on an expanding number of roles which do not need the powers of a sworn police officer. Dorset Police offers an extensive range of paid and unpaid employment opportunities, including not only office based but also those that provide a direct service to the public such as Police Community Support Officers, Control Room Operators, Call Handlers and Detention Suite staff in addition to flexible work patterns and employment status. A quick visit to our vacancies page will certainly give you a great idea of what opportunities are available to you.

Follow this link to read our Police Staff Role Profiles and Day in a Life stories.

If you’re interested in any of the posts advertised, you can download an application pack. Just select the post you are interested in from the Police Staff Current Vacancies page and follow the link on the right hand side of the page. All applicants will be subject to security and financial vetting, identity validation, references and in specific cases a pre-employment health assessment for example where a post is covered by Health Monitoring and involves a function that is intrinsic to the work concerned.

Applications can either be submitted by email to RecruitmentAdverts@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by post to Human Resources, Dorset Police, Force Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8DZ.

The selection process for police staff posts will be by way of an example-based application formCVs are not accepted. It is important that all candidates provide relevant examples against the "essential" (and if relevant, “desirable”) criteria included in the advertisement and job description/person specification. For example, a post may require good communication or IT skills – you must support this by giving practical examples. You will also need to complete a personal details/equal opportunities monitoring form which initially will be detached and not given to any shortlisting panel. If you are selected for interview, you will be asked questions relating to the essential (and/or desirable) criteria, so you should bear this in mind when formulating your evidence in your application. Comprehensive and extensive guidance notes are available and each applicant is strongly encouraged to read these first.

Dorset Police have been awarded the ‘two ticks’ logo ‘Positive About Disabled People!’. Therefore, all suitably qualified candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum essential criteria of the job description for the post will be short-listed for interview regardless of the total number of applications received. Disability is not part of the decision-making process and issues relating to disability will only be addressed once a decision has been made regarding the best person for the job. Unless otherwise indicated applications are welcomed from individuals wishing to undertake the duties of a post either on a part-time or job-share basis.

If you are unsuccessful at the first attempt, please do not be put off from applying again and in the meantime consider the opportunity of joining Dorset Police as a Volunteer or Special Constable. Find out more using the links on the left of this page.