Job title: Weapons Training Firearms Instructor Grade: Constable Role code: EPV050408 Status: Police Home Office code: Operational Limited Duties Category: AA - Full policing & shifts
Main purpose of the role:
Coordinate and deliver a variety of training programmes within the Training and Tactical Firearms Unit for Accredited Firearms Officers, in order to provide the training and development needs of the Force in relation to the Police use of Firearms. Manage the delivery of core functions to comply with the continued accreditation for a firearms training license which includes risk assessments, standard operating procedures and maintaining core documents and systems crucial to the safe and efficient delivery of training.
Maintaining competence in core and specialist firearms skills determined by unit management in order to remain operationally deployable. Maintain firearms accreditation portfolio.
Promoting equality, diversity and human rights in working practices ensuring staff are treated fairly. Enabling the recruitment and retention of personnel from all communities and under-represented groups, by removing any barriers which would prevent the promotion of equality, diversity and rights in working practices.
Plan, prepare and deliver scenario and classroom-based training for all courses ensuring they are compliant with the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum and supports the delivery of the local STRA. Manage the learning delivery throughout the course and ensure detailed de- briefs are provided to students to allow for any learning and development.
Initial Firearms Course training, including preparing exercises, selecting lessons and shooting tests for courses maintaining the standards set by Essex Police. Ensuring that delivery, practice and range instruction is provided to students in relation to their role within the service and undertaking briefing and debriefing of exercises.
Maintain accurate records of courses, attendees, and results completing all associated paperwork and administration duties for the delivery of courses and refresher training, highlighting any relevant developmental requirements, and disseminating this information appropriately, in order to record all details of student attainments and training courses delivered within the Force.
Maintaining effective records to demonstrate that all training delivery complies with legislation, policy and procedures and meets best practice. Continuation training of authorised firearms officers, including assessment of officers for AFO work.
Monitor and report on issues relevant to the health and safety of staff and students engaged in firearms training to ensure best practice is observed.
Evaluation/reports on firearms related equipment and liaison with equipment manufacturers.
Updated September 2014, Updated August 2021.
MV - Management Vetting.
Firearms Instructors work 10hr duties, in a two-week rotation. Week 1 Monday Thursday, Week 2 Tuesday Friday. There is a requirement to be flexible, as change of duty hours and weekend working may be required to assist with training and operational needs.
Firearms Instructors must maintain their operational competence as an AFO and be deployable when requested. Completion of the annual job related fitness test and medical to the relevant AFO standard is essential.
Firearms Trainers work from offices at the Essex Police Headquarters. Although the work is Headquarters based, training and operations are undertaken throughout Essex Police district. The majority of work is out of doors; duty is performed mainly in uniform with some plain- clothes work for training/operational purposes.
Officers selected for this post must attend and pass the National Firearms Instructors Course and be willing to undertake, if required, further specialist training firearms courses as appropriate.
As well as being operationally deployable AFOs; officers will also be consider for specialist firearms skills.
Analyse Critically (Level 1)
I recognise the need to think critically about issues. I value the use of analysis and testing in policing. I take in information quickly and accurately. I am able to separate information and decide whether it is irrelevant or relevant and its importance. I solve problems proactively by understanding the reasons behind them, using learning from evidence and my experiences to take action. I refer to procedures and precedents as necessary before making decisions. I weigh up the pros and cons of possible actions, thinking about potential risks and using this thinking to inform our decisions. I recognise gaps and inconsistencies in information and think about the potential implications. I make decisions in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.
Collaborative (Level 1)
I work cooperatively with others to get things done, willingly giving help and support to colleagues. I am approachable, and explain things well so that I generate a common understanding. I take the time to get to know others and their perspective in order to build rapport. I treat people with respect as individuals and address their specific needs and concerns. I am open and transparent in my relationships with others. I ensure I am clear and appropriate in my communications.
Deliver, Support and Inspire (Level 1)
I take on challenging tasks to help to improve the service continuously and support my colleagues. I understand how my work contributes to the wider police service. I understand it is part of my collective responsibility to deliver efficient services. I take personal responsibility for making sure that I am working effectively to deliver the best service, both individually and with others. I am conscientious in my approach, working hard to provide the best service and to overcome any obstacles that could prevent or hinder delivery. I support the efficient use of resources to create the most value and to deliver the right impact. I keep up to date with changes in internal and external environments. I am a role model for the behaviours I expect to see in others and I act in the best interests of the public and the police service.
Emotionally Aware (Level 1)
I treat others with respect, tolerance and compassion. I acknowledge and respect a range of different perspectives, values and beliefs within the remit of the law. I remain calm and think about how to best manage the situation when faced with provocation. I understand my own emotions and I know which situations might affect my ability to deal with stress and pressure. I ask for help and support when I need it. I understand the value that diversity offers. I communicate in clear and simple language so that I can be easily understood by others. I seek to understand the thoughts and concerns of others even when they are unable to express themselves clearly.
Innovative and Open-minded (Level 1)
I demonstrate an openness to changing ideas, perceptions and ways of working. I share suggestions with colleagues, speaking up to help improve existing working methods and practices. I constantly reflect on my own way of working and periodically review processes and procedures for continuous improvements. I adapt to change and am flexible as the need arises while encouraging others to do the same. I learn from my experiences and do not let myself be unduly influenced by preconceptions.
Take Ownership (Level 1)
I actively identify and respond to problems. I approach tasks with enthusiasm, focusing on public service excellence. I regularly seek feedback to understand the quality of my work and the impact of my behaviour. I recognise where I can help others and willingly take on additional tasks to support them, where appropriate. I give feedback to others that I make sure is understandable and constructive. I take responsibility for my own actions, I fulfil my promises and do what I say I will. I will admit if I have made a mistake and take action to rectify this. I demonstrate pride in representing the police service. I understand my own strengths and areas for development and take responsibility for my own learning to address gaps.
I take into account individual needs and requirements in all of my actions. I understand that treating everyone fairly does not mean everyone is treated the same. I always give people an equal opportunity to express their views. I communicate with everyone, making sure the most relevant message is provided to all. I value everyone's views and opinions by actively listening to understand their perspective. I make fair and objective decisions using the best available evidence. I enable everyone to have equal access to services and information, where appropriate.
I always act in line with the values of the police service and the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the public. I demonstrate courage in doing the right thing, even in challenging situations. I enhance the reputation of my organisation and the wider police service through my actions and behaviours. I challenge colleagues whose behaviour, attitude and language falls below the public's and the service's expectations. I am open and responsive to challenge about my actions and words. I declare any conflicts of interest at the earliest opportunity. I am respectful of the authority and influence my position gives me. I use resources effectively and efficiently and not for personal benefit.
Public Service (Accredited)
I act in the interest of the public, first and foremost. I am motivated by serving the public, ensuring that I provide the best service possible at all times. I seek to understand the needs of others to act in their best interests. I adapt to address the needs and concerns of different communities. I tailor my communication to be appropriate and respectful to my audience. I take into consideration how others want to be treated when interacting with them. I treat people respectfully regardless of the circumstances. I share credit with everyone involved in delivering services.
I ensure that my decision-making rationale is clear and considered so that it is easily understood by others. I am clear and comprehensive when communicating with others. I am open and honest about my areas for development and I strive to improve. I give an accurate representation of my actions and records. I recognise the value of feedback and act on it. I give constructive and accurate feedback. I represent the opinions of others accurately and consistently. I am consistent and truthful in my communications. I maintain confidentiality appropriately.
Anti-terrorism (Level 4)
Up to date knowledge of current political situation in relation to terrorism. Demonstrates an understanding of the Security Alert Status Levels and relevant policies and procedures. Analyses information submitted and/or makes decisions regarding the next course of action. If further research is necessary, undertakes that task or delegates to another officer. Able to put together basic information packages for other departments based on the information obtained.
Close Protection (Level 6)
Able to exhibit the skills learned from a National Close Protection Course. Omnicompetent in the use of all protection techniques. Able to advise colleagues as regards protection issues.
Door Entry (Level 4)
Demonstrates a sound understanding of all aspects relating to effective unarmed entry. Maintains an up to date awareness of the use and availability of the full range of door entry equipment. Competent in the use of such equipment. Plans and briefs fellow officers to enable them to perform complicated raids. Able to risk assess unarmed raids and implement necessary control measures. Maintains a thorough understanding of relevant law and powers relating to enter, search and detain suspects. Can apply for/ ensure that appropriate authorisation has been obtained.
Driving (Level 5)
Has successfully completed the Operational Standard Driving course within the past 5 years and meets the aims and objectives of the course. Additionally may have been reauthorised to that level within the past 5 years. Meets the criteria set in the Competency Framework Risk Assessment Guide on Health Care. Authorised to use blue lights and sirens to respond in accordance with force policy If required by role, authorised to drive unmarked police vehicles in mobile surveillance operations, and/or is authorised to ride motorcyles at a . standard level having passed a Standard Motorcycle course.
Firearms (Level 7)
Able to exhibit the skills learned from a National Firearms Instructors Course. Appreciates all aspects of firearms work and is considered appropriate to offer the necessary advice to Silver and/or Gold Commanders and / or is able to train in all aspects of firearms.
First Aid (Level 3)
Can take charge of a situation and render basic life support, if an injury or illness should occur, having satisfactorily completed (BLS) training covering choking, CPR, effective control of bleeding and the recovery position. Demonstrates competence to an approved standard and holds the required certificate. Retention of competence will be subject to basic refresher training and re-assessment every three years.
Forensic - Crime Scene Management (Level 3)
Has a working knowledge of the preservation of evidence and practical experience in identifying scene parameters and securing crime scenes. Aware of the method of establishing and clearing a common approach path. Possesses a basic knowledge of the concepts of forensic evidence and the technical aids available within Force. Understands issues relating to scene contamination and can take practical steps to avoid it.
Health and Safety (Level 4)
Has received Supervisor training and takes responsibility for the safety of directly subordinate staff and visitors. Understands the procedures in place for the safe storage of hazardous substances, fire precautions and evacuation. Resolves hazards or problems identified within roles or work environments. Undertakes skills passport assessments for new and existing staff. Re-assesses passport as and when new equipment/technology is introduced. Completes annual reviews of skills passports, training needs analysis.
Incident / Scene Management and Control (Level 3)
Able to undertake initial examination and assessment of an incident. Able to give clear and precise situation reports. Sets up effective communication and control points. Has an awareness of hazardous materials and devices and makes safety a first priority where risk is apparent. Able to request additional support and /or supervisory personnel and any other service which may be required. Aware of the requirements needed to secure and preserve evidence at the scene. Aware of Gold-Silver command arrangements.
Information Management and Technology (Level 3)
Knows the range of police information systems available locally to support daily activities, and understands their uses. Can use police information systems to perform routine tasks. May be able to create simple records, and amends data to add information, within requirements of role. Understands data quality issues.
Interviewing - General (Level 3)
Demonstrates the ability to conduct effective routine interviews for a variety of purposes. Prepares and plans carefully and is clear about the purpose of the interview. Asks relevant questions and is able to obtain the required information. Regularly reviews personal interview performance. Adapts style to suit the needs of the interview.
Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 4)
Has a thorough understanding of all legislation, policy and procedure relevant to the current role. Able to apply this and offer advice to colleagues as necessary.
Management of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 3)
Has a basic understanding of the APP for Information Management (incorporating MOPI guidance) and its practical application. Recognises when there is a policing purpose to record information. Is familiar with the NPCC Retention Schedule. Takes personal responsibility to ensure information is recorded accurately and is retained for as long as it has a policing purpose and is stored in such way to allow it to be accessed by those with legitimate reason. Securely disposes of material which no longer has a policing purpose. Has successfully completed all standard relevant Information Management and Security, training package(s). Accurate use of Government Security Classification (GSC). Ensures physical and digital records are stored with appropriate security relevant to the sensitivity of the documents.
Public Order (Level 3)
Confident and experienced in the application of restraint and self defence techniques to lawfully detain persons, with or without personal protective equipment. Able to identify a threat and overcome it by force if necessary. Demonstrates the ability to use training received to adhoc level PSU and able to understand and react to basic commands. Able to use the appropriate response to public order situations. Familiar with the standard phrases of command and is, therefore, able to co-ordinate teamwork and/or operate alongside others.
Risk Management (Level 3)
Demonstrates an awareness of personal risk management issues, challenges or difficulties likely to affect the post holder in the execution of their duties. Able to anticipate risks likely to affect their work and knows how to communicate the likelihood and possible impacts of such events to line managers or supervisors.
Staff Safety (Level 4)
Has been trained in the skills and demonstrates the ability to apply elements of the staff safety programme. These are: Communication Skills, Handcuffing Skills, Unarmed Skills, Incapacitant Skills, Baton Skills and Edged Weapons Awareness. Currently authorised to use these techniques, having received initial or refresher training within the last 12 months. Able to apply these . techniques in practical situations minimising the risk of injury to themselves and ensuring their own safety and the safety of colleagues and members of the public.
Surveillance - Equipment (Level 3)
Has an appreciation of where surveillance equipment is available and where to go to call for support and/or is aware of the Police Scientific Development Branch principals regarding CCTV and their practical application within the community. Has a working knowledge of CCTV systems used in town centres and commercial premises.
Training (Level 5)
Able to adapt the style and content of the training during the course, tailoring the course to the needs of the participating individuals. Delivers a wide range of training packages, on a variety of subjects, and assists with the creation of various distance and flexible learning packages. Tailors courses to meet the current needs of the Force. Produces training plans for approval to rectify skills gaps.
National Occupational Standards:
BE2 Provide initial support to victims, survivors and witnesses and assess their need for further support.
CB1 Gather and submit information that has the potential to support law enforcement objectives.
CD1 Provide an initial response to incidents.
CD5 Arrest, detain or report individuals.
CI101 Conduct priority and volume investigations.
CJ101 Interview victims and witnesses in relation to priority and volume investigations.
CJ201 (2H2) Interview suspects in relation to priority and volume investigations.
CK1 Carry out systematic searches of vehicles, premises and open areas.
CK2 Carry out systematic searches of vehicles, premises and open areas.