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Firearms Enquiry Officer - HC125611

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Job Title: Firearms Enquiry Officer - HC125611

Location: Aldershot Police Station

Hours: 37.00 Hours Per Week

Salary: Scale 6, £26,865 - £28,725 Per Annum

Contract: Permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 26th September 2021 at 23:59 Hours

*Previous Candidates Need Not Apply*

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We have a vacancy for a  Firearms Enquiry Officer, to be based in Aldershot. This is a challenging but rewarding role, and while development training will be provided, applicants should provide evidence of experience in the areas of firearms and relevant legislation.


The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting enquiries for the grant, variation and renewal of firearm, shot gun and explosive certificates, and carrying out visits and enquiries in cases where the suitability of the certificate holder requires review, ensuring compliance with the relevant legislation, Home Office guidance, Force policy and public safety.

Your responsibilities will include but not limited to:

1. To carry out enquires throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, providing a high quality customer service. Enquiries to cover all aspects of firearms and explosives legislation and their effect on the general public.

2. To take responsibility and undertake a high level risk assessments on applicants to ensure public safety

3. To identify breaches of legislation and take appropriate action, prepare statements, liaise with Police Officers, attend Court as necessary in connection with appeals or as a witness

4. To prepare written reports and make recommendations as appropriate on contentious applications/enquiries for submission to the Firearms Enquiry Manager.

5. Serve notice of revocation or refusal of certificate for firearm and shotgun seizing firearms/shotguns and certificates when required.


6. To liaise with and oversee registered firearms dealers and shooting clubs, ensuring that all legislation is complied with and records are monitored.


7. As directed by the Firearms Enquiry Manager, to carry out full audits of dealers and shooting clubs and accompanied, if required, by other Firearm Enquiry Officers.


8. To deal with enquires and carry out security surveys of domestic and commercial premises where firearms and explosives are held; ensuring that Home Office guidelines/current legislation are adhered to.


9. To maintain police vehicles as allocated, in accordance with Force policy and procedures; ensuring the safe custody and transportation of any firearms, ammunition and explosives coming into their possession.


10. To carry out risk assessments in respect of areas of land for rifle shooting and for clay shooting grounds.

For more information please see the job profile

Essential Qualifications

Educated to QCF Level 3, plus Mathematics and English at QCF Level 2 OR work experience deemed to have brought the postholder to a comparable level.

Essential Experience

At least two years work experience of working in a specialised customer focussed environment managing complex cases/enquiries and providing specialist advice and knowledge within a similar sector i.e. Police, HM Forces, HMC&E, gun dealers.

To be competent in the use and safe handling of firearms and shotguns.


Additional Requirements


The role holder is required to visit various locations within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during working hours, and therefore needs to have the ability to travel as necessary.

To support operational requirements, the post holder will be required to attend a small number of game fairs/country shows, which may fall on a weekend, and they therefore will be paid accordingly. There is no requirement for regular weekend working.  

Contact details for an informal discussion

Please contact the Recruitment Team at police.recruitment@hants.gov.uk or on 01962 846438

Please note that the email address you supply when submitting an application will be used for contact throughout the full lifecycle of that vacancy. You will not be able to amend your contact details. You should therefore ensure that you choose an appropriately accessible email address, being mindful that the process may take several months for some roles.


Hampshire Constabulary is an inclusive employer and strives to have a workforce representative of the communities we police and serve. We recognise that we are not fully representative and are working to address this imbalance through a variety of initiatives.


The Equality Act 2010 allows us to promote equality within Hampshire Constabulary by adopting Positive Action to support people from under-represented groups. Our aim is to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills and experience and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Our Positive Action team are available to provide support through the application and assessment process by contacting: positive.action@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


The Disability Confident campaign aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that people have opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. We will accommodate requests for reasonable adjustments where possible throughout our recruitment and promotions processes and encourage anyone requiring reasonable adjustments to disclose this at the earliest opportunity.

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