Police Constable Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO)
Type: Permanent Location: UK Organisation: Civil Nuclear Constabulary

Salary: £28,551
Hours: Full-time, shift pattern (four days on, four days off)

Who we are

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) have a unique role in protecting the nation’s security. We are an armed police force focused on the security of the nation’s licenced civil nuclear sites and civil nuclear material in transit in England and Scotland. Our vision is to be recognised as a provider of a world-class service for the protection of nuclear material and facilities. And our ambition is to be recognised nationally and internationally as the leading organisation for armed policing of critical national infrastructure in the UK.

About the AFO role

All new recruits complete a comprehensive 18-week Authorised Firearms training programme. We give our officers everything they need to become highly trained firearms professionals – so you don’t need any prior policing experience.

As a member of our highly trained, well-disciplined team, you’ll provide a 24/7 armed response, patrolling and protecting nuclear sites, facilities and materials. You’ll also patrol and engage with local communities and collaborate with our Home Office police colleagues.

You’ll work in partnership on a day-to-day basis with stakeholders and colleagues in order to promote law and order, reduce the fear of crime, provide reassurance and build confidence to improve the quality of life for citizens and stakeholders.

Once you complete your two-year probationary period, you’ll be eligible to apply for a role in one of our specialist areas to enhance your policing skills further. Roles include Dog Handler, Special Branch, Firearms Instructor or Strategic Escort Group Officer.

Key accountabilities

  •  You’ll attend operational briefings to obtain a clear understanding of the strategic firearms commander’s strategy, the tactical commander’s tactical plan and their operational firearms commander’s deployment plan.

  • You’ll apply the National Decision Model to manage the response to a situation in a reasonable and proportionate way.

  • You’ll carry out armed duties in accordance with briefing, ensuring compliance with patrol strategy, force policy and associated legislation.

  • You’ll gather and handle information and intelligence from a variety of sources, to assess threat in line with legislation, policies and guidance to take the appropriate action.

  • You’ll provide an effective, efficient and proportionate response to conflict, incidents and/or alarms whether directed or spontaneously encountered, assessing the threat to determine a proportionate response in line with legislation, policy and guidance.

Skills and experience

  • You’ll be able to develop a deep understanding of the local community including society composition, the needs of stakeholders and local safety issues.

  • You’ll be a good communicator who can tailor explanations to a variety of people.

  • You’ll be able to develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders, understanding their needs and concerns.

  • You’ll be able to solve problems by identifying cause and effect and develop a course of action designed to target root causes as well as manage impacts.

  • You’ll be organised, and able to prioritise and plan your own work.

  • You must hold a full manual driving licence.

Our culture

As police officers the public expect us to display the highest standards, values and professional qualities at all times. The CNC values and Code of Ethics applies to all police officers and sets out the principles standards of behaviour we expect to see. You’ll be responsible for displaying and delivering to the highest standards. Our officers are also required to maintain a high standard of medical and fitness. Find out more here.


  • Salary increase after passing probation

  • 22 days’ (176 hours’) annual leave (excluding Public Holidays)

  • Generous pension scheme (20.7% employer contribution)

  • Enhanced family friendly and sickness policies

  • Free parking at all sites

  • Free gym membership at some sites

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Blue Light Card scheme membership – discounts on products and services for emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces workers.

Supporting information

Please only apply for one vacancy at any given time. We strongly recommend that you review the following links for an insight into the vetting process.

Vetting – an overview

Vetting – finances

Vetting – life experiences

Vetting – internet use

Find out more about the AFO Role Profile using the link below or  write to:

Diverse talent, working as one

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are central to the values of our organisation. At CNC we value and embrace the unique experiences, identities and abilities that each of us bring to our roles. We strive to empower everyone to bring their authentic self openly and safely to work.

Through the dedicated commitment of our affinity networks, ED&I team and wider HR departments, we’re on a journey to embed our ED&I commitments, ensuring the CNC is an employer of choice where everyone feels included.


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