Firearms and Explosives Enquiry Officer

Firearms Licensing Department
TVP Broad Band 3F
Band 3F (circa salary £24,782 per annum) rising to Band 3G (circa salary £27,953 per annum) based on time in post and experience, plus benefits
Full Time

In this interesting role you will conduct enquiries for the grant, variation and renewal of firearm, shotgun, and explosives certificates, ensuring accordance with the relevant legislation.  In addition you will be responsible for the inspection of Registered Firearms Dealers and Shooting Club premises, providing advice or action as necessary. 

Recent face to face interviewing experience is essential, as is a knowledge of sporting firearms coupled with excellent interpersonal and all round communication skills.  Firearms Enquiry Officers report to a Senior FEO, but are expected to work alone with the minimum of supervision. You will be able to evidence an ability to be assertive and impartial whilst making sound objective decisions. You must be willing and able to carry out land checks over rough and uneven surfaces and where necessary climb ladders to access areas in order to inspect security arrangements. 

Firearms Enquiry Officers routinely work outside of normal working hours, and are expected to attend and give evidence in both Magistrates and Crown Court as a witness if required. Training is ongoing, and you will be expected to attend training courses outside of Thames Valley Police, which may extend over several days and include weekends.  You must have the ability to travel to different locations across the Force and undertake all assignments in a timely manner.  Due to the requirement to work flexibility, unsocial hours and the need to carry seized or surrendered firearms and ammunition as required, public transport is not considerable suitable.  For this reason a full UK driving licence is considered essential. 

Interviews will include a practical test of weapon and ammunition handling and identification, mock interview role play and board interview. 

Along with all other posts in Force Crime, Intelligence and Specialist Operations Departments, this role will require an enhanced level of vetting.


As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link. 

If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department at quoting reference 17826. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible. 

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The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 27th June 2021.


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

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