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Police Dog Training Instructor

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Police Dog Training Instructor – Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police (

We are welcoming applications for the role of Police Dog Training Instructor with Dorset Police based at the following location(s): Police Headquarters, Exeter

Salary: Scale F – Starts at £31,755 rising by yearly increments to a maximum of £36,996 per annum
Please note that the above salary is based on working 37 hours per week. If this role is part-time or you are appointed on a part-time basis your salary will be prorated to reflect this. Exceptions to starting salary may apply if you are an existing Devon & Cornwall or Dorset Police Staff employee substantively posted to a role at the same Scale.

Type of employment: Permanent

Type of working arrangement: Hybrid Worker –  Hybrid working is a form of flexible working where workers spend some of their time working remotely (usually, but not necessarily, from home) and some in the employer’s workspace.
Hours per week: this role is 37 hours per week. However, we welcome applications from individuals wishing to work on a part-time basis and we are willing to consider flexible working patterns subject to business need.
Allowances: This role attracts no allowances.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and driven team delivering dog training across the Alliance but primarily within Devon and Cornwall.

This role will be based within Exeter, at our Police Headquarters but can be flexible as to where you live within Devon and Cornwall as training delivered will not always be from Exeter.

If you are an organised individual and a strong team player with excellent communication skills and a sound understanding of Microsoft 365 applications, then please get in touch.

A strong work ethic and ability to work unsupervised while managing a demanding workload and supporting students and dogs through their training is expected.

A current NPCC/ACPO General purpose dog instructors qualification is essential.

Any other Dog instructing qualifications such as Drugs, victim recovery, Explosive search, or digital are desirable but CPD will be offered as part of your role as an instructor within this progressive and enthusiastic team.

Experience in developing young dogs both General purpose and search dogs from puppies to adulthood for handing on to students is desirable and there may be times you will be asked to have a dog for a period of time to assist succession planning.

To design and deliver training and development interventions in order to ensure that the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviour of police officers, staff and other members of the force meet the requirements of the force/s and priorities.

This post will particularly focus on planning and delivery of general-purpose initial, continuation and refresher training for dogs and their handlers. Assesses the dog teams to the standards within the NPCC Police Dogs Manual of Guidance.

Please see the attached Job Description for further details

Want to know more about this role?

Further detail regarding this role and the essential requirements can be found within the job description attached below.

If you think this may be the role for you and would like further information, please contact:

Hiring Line Manager: Phil Wilson – Sergeant Dog training Manager

Email Address:

Telephone Number: N/A

What you get if you join us:    If you work for us, you will get access to:

  • A competitive salary with yearly increments.
  • Access to heavily subsidised gym membership that will provide you access to police site gyms throughout the counties.
  • Access to the Blue Light Card Scheme for discounts and services (requires a one-off payment of £5).
  • Company sick pay.
  • Competitive local government pension scheme.
  • Job related equipment, as required.
  • Free onsite parking at many police sites throughout the counties.
  • Access to Group insurance scheme (via salary sacrifice scheme).
  • Support networks, free Employees’ Assistance Programme, Occupational Health and wellbeing services.
  • Development and training opportunities.
  • Supportive and flexible training plan, including regular check-ins throughout your initial period of joining us to ensure you are up to speed with the role and getting the support you need.
  • Hybrid working, with the ability to work remotely at times throughout the working week (once signed off the training plan).

Annual Leave Entitlement:

25 days a year leave entitlement, with an increase to 30 days after 5 years continuous employment, plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time employees).

Download Job Description HERE