Transferee Chief Inspector – Chief Firearms Instructor
Type: Permanent Location: Scotland Organisation: Police Scotland

Police Scotland is responsible for policing 28,168 square miles, with a unique range of urban, rural, island and remote communities.

As Chief Firearms Instructor you will be joining the second largest police service in the UK after the Metropolitan Police with 23,000 police officers and staff.

You will play a key role within the Armed Policing Senior Management Team, shaping policy with regards to a number of matters including people, development and equality diversity and inclusion.

Crucially you will be pivotal in maintaining successful working relationships between Armed Policing Training and Armed Policing Operations.

This post is open to candidates who meet the essential criteria who are currently serving within Police Scotland or currently serving with other Police Services across the United Kingdom.

Applications are invited from substantive Chief Inspectors or suitably qualified Inspectors who have the requisite experience and qualifications to be considered for promotion on appointment, following successful completion of a Police Scotland Promotion Assessment.

The closing date for applications is 21 October 2022 at 12 noon.

Essential criteria for candidates:

  • Have a minimum of NVQ level 3 in Health and Safety. This normally takes the form of the Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely qualification.

  • Be a qualified, competent and current firearms instructor and ideally be A1 assessor trained (or equivalent) in order to peer assess their instructors in support of the College firearms training licence process.

In this role you will have responsibility for the design, development and delivery of Armed Policing training across the Force area.

You will ensure all training within the geographic and functional areas of responsibility are delivered in accordance with Police Scotland policy and guidance, the authorised Training planner and the agreed Armed Policing Role Profiles.

You will ensure that Police Scotland Armed Policing Training is compliant with national policy and guidelines relating to the delivery of firearms training through the annual College of Policing Firearms Training Licensing process.

Please see the attached role profile for key accountabilities in relation to the post.

The salary in relation this point will be service at rank dependant. Chief Inspector rank - £62,825 - £66,872

Role profile

You should have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years immediately prior to application for this role.

Why work for Police Scotland?

Police Scotland is responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Police Scotland is for you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.

All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Police Scotland are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and to achieving and promoting an organisational culture where our police officers are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.


You can expect a rewarding and varied career with Police Scotland. Please click here to read about the Benefits


Transferee officers now receive their training locally. The duration of training is based on the arrangements put in place at the division you are posted to.

Generally speaking this will involve local induction and mentoring by a local officer.


We are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

Further information

There is a lot of information you should be aware of when considering your application to transfer

Please visit the recruitment pages of the website for more information

You may also wish to read the Code of ethics for policing in Scotland

Important - before making an application to transfer you should ensure you have checked the advert for the documentation required as part of the application process as you cannot proceed without it.

Please note, you will require the following detail to complete this application form; NI Number, ID detail, address information. You will be asked for a copy of your passport or other ID documents such as birth certificate.

As a transferee applicant you will also be required to provide the follwoing information as part of the application

  • Copies of your PDRS/appraisals from the last 3 years or sufficient alternative evidence

  • A copy of training record information

  • Any qualifications including police vocational

  • If transferring in rank, confirmation of promotion qualifications

  • Email address and details for your line manager

  • Email address and details for a force referee minimum rank of Chief Inspector

  • HR mailbox details

  • Finance mailbox details

  • You may also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have.

The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes. Please therefore ensure you allow time to complete this fully as part complete pages will not be saved. If you move from one page the information will save and you can return to it.

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