With over 230 roles,
there is something for everyone


In our force we have over 230 different roles that are carried out on a daily basis by our family of staff. There are many roles that do not require you to have "warranted powers" like Police Officers have, but our forces would not be able to function or keep people safe without the support of police staff.

Police staff work from police stations throughout both force areas including our headquarters based in Winfrith.

Police staff carry out a variety of roles such as Call Handlers, Personal Safety Trainers, Crime Analysts, Police Enquiry Officer, IT Consultants, Project Managers, Administrations Staff, Mechanics, Accountants, Lawyers to name a few.

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The benefits of working with us

We recognise that a genuinely good role goes both ways. So for your commitment and contribution to keeping our communities safe, in return we offer the following benefits:

Pay

Each band represents a group of individual roles that are of similar value to the force as defined by a standardised and fair job evaluation system.

Whichever band your role is in, each year you move up a point on the scale until you reach the maximum permitted in your band. Of course, it’s also possible to progress in your career and move between bands.

Band C - £20,118 - £21,399

Band D – £21,837 - £24,156

Band E - £24,576 - £28,359

Band F - £28,359 - £33,360

Band G – £33,360 - £37,134

Band H - £38,064 - £42,597

To see our pay scales in full, please click here .

Annual leave

The annual leave year is from April to March. Annual leave entitlement for new full-time employee is 24-32 days depending on the grade of the role (pro rata if you start or leave during the leave year and if you work reduced hours). This rises to 29-35 days, depending on the grade of the role, after five years of employment. Bank holidays are in addition to annual leave and are pro rata for staff who work reduced hours.

Pension

At the start of your employment, you will automatically become a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme administered by Peninsular Pensions.

The pension scheme is a CARE (career average revalued earnings) pension scheme which offers a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum, based on the earnings you receive during your career. The Met and you will contribute, and you will receive tax relief on the contributions you make.

If you already have a pension, it may be possible to transfer it into the civil service pension arrangements.

Hours

Many of the police staff roles work a standard 37 hour week from Monday to Friday which offers hybrid working.

In addition a flexi system is in operation which allows you to accrue time that can be taken throughout the month.

This is a 24/7 organisation and some roles do have shift-working patterns however this will always be listed within the advert and job description.

Work-life balance

We are committed to assisting staff achieve a healthy work-life balance by considering, hybrid working, flexible working arrangements, offering career breaks and special paid and unpaid leave.

The organisation is happy to consider applications for flexible working patterns unless the role has been objectively justified as being unsuitable for flexible working arrangements.

Volunteer Reservists are entitled to up to 10 days per year to attend annual training camp.

Blue Light Card

Blue Light Card provides those in the emergency services with discounts online and in-store.

They offer a range of official discounts from large national retailers to local businesses in a wide range of categories including holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones and much more!

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Gyms and Sporting opportunities
Members of staff have the opportunity to sign up to our Force Sports Association. This gives them access to our on-site gyms in varying locations, as well as the opportunity to represent us in a range of different sports.
Continuous training and development

We are committed to the development of our staff and we have an infrastructure in place to support training and development which includes, funding for approved training courses and recognised qualifications appropriate to role as well as short courses and online learning.

An increasing number of police staff carry out roles formerly performed by police officers, for example detention officers and crime scene investigators. Where these opportunities arise, appropriate training and mentoring is provided to ensure staff are fully prepared and equipped with the right level of knowledge and skills to undertake the role.

Support for staff from minority groups

We are dedicated to providing a working environment which values the skills of all our staff irrespective of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age or religious belief. Our focus is on the abilities of the individual.

We support a number of groups or networks for disabled, black and minority ethnic, Christian, women in policing, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual staff. These groups offer mutual support and enable us to get feedback on issues affecting staff in minority groups.

Employee Assistance Programme

All staff and their families have access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). It is a confidential counselling and information service which advises on personal or work-related issues and is available 24/7 and 365 days a year.

The EAP service is free to employees and their immediate family. Contact is by way of a confidential telephone service.

Short term, face-to-face counselling with a professional psychologist or counsellor close to where you live or work can also be arranged at no cost to the individual.

What allowances are available?
Working for Dorset Police is very rewarding, and also comes with lots of allowances and benefits too!
See what is available
Sickness
Sick pay entitlement varies in accordance with length of service - from one month's full pay and two months' half pay after four months' service, to six months' full pay and six months' half pay after five years' service.
Car allowance
Where travel is required, the Force will usually provide a pool or hire car.
Occupational health
The aim of the occupational health support unit is to provide the highest level of professional occupational health support and expertise to our staff in order to promote optimal physical and mental health, safety, fitness and well-being.
Trade unions
UNISON is the biggest union for police staff in the UK. UNISON represents the interests of police staff at all levels and campaigns for higher status, better recognition, pay and conditions. As an employee, you have the option to join UNISON or any other union for a monthly subscription.