Firearms Instructor (Kent Police Training School, Maidstone)

Employer: Kent Police

Main Purpose of Role 
Deliver a variety of training programmes within the Training and Tactical Firearms Unit for Accredited Firearms Officers and external agency customers, in order to provide the training and development needs of the Force in relation to the Police use of Firearms. Personal Qualities and Skills The Firearms Instructor will be qualified to Diploma in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) or equivalent, and be qualified as an (NVQ) A1 Assessor. The Firearms Instructor will ideally have a minimum of two years practical experience and an up to date knowledge of training in a range of styles. He/She must be capable of successfully passing the National Firearms Instructors Course. A proven track record of identifying training requirements and producing high quality training courses, which are fit for purpose, is essential. A fundamental understanding of front line police roles would be an advantage. The post holder must be organised, mature and confident with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this will be combined with the ability to debrief course attendees, both verbally and in writing, to enable them to develop to their full potential. An attention to detail and high levels of concentration are also essential. The Firearms Instructor must have a good understanding of the organisation, its# culture and environment, and have the personal resourcefulness to find relevant information and materials which can be used to enhance learning and development. The post holder must have previous experience of firearms in a training and/or operational environment, including experience of the use of firearms in a range setting. IT literacy is necessary in order to analyse data and produce reports and course materials in a range of different formats, including PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Applicants will be required to undertake an eyesight test. 

Note: If the post holder does not currently possess a DTLLS or A1 Assessor qualification, he/she must commit to obtaining this qualification within 2 years of appointment. 

Main Responsibilities 
Provide firearms range training to Kent Police Officers and those from other forces and agencies, maintaining the standards set by the Chief Firearms Instructor at all time, ensuring the delivery, practice and range instruction is provided to students in line with their role and the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum. Maintain personal Occupational Competence in line with the requirements set out by the National Policing Improvement Agency. Maintain an up to date understanding of firearms roles and operations, providing support for tactics training including training at external venues, in order to ensure that all such training is fit for purpose and meets force requirements. Monitor and report on issues relevant to the health and safety of staff and students engaged in firearms training, providing reports detailing options and recommendation, in order to ensure best practice is observed and maintained at all times. 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. Deliver presentations to courses held for other departments within Kent Police and for other agencies as required, in order to inform officers, staff and partnership agencies of the resources provided by the Tactical Firearms Unit. Undertake risk assessments and safety checks of facilities and equipment used for training programmes, arranging for repairs and maintenance of equipment as required, in order to ensure that all such facilities comply with Health & Safety standards relevant to firearms training.