Firearms Licensing Manager | Norfolk Constabulary

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Firearms Licensing Manager

PHQ Martlesham or OCC Wymondham
Full Time (37 Hours) - Permanent 
Band H: £45,996 - £50,250 per annum  
Closing date: Friday 3 December 2021 at 5pm 
Please quote Ref: L2172 on application form 

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Applications are invited for the position of Firearms Licensing Unit Manager to lead the joint Firearms Licensing Unit for Norfolk & Suffolk Constabularies in order to ensure the Chief Officers’ statutory responsibilities under the firearm & explosive legislation are discharged. The role is responsible for providing expert advice and guidance in all matters relating to firearms and explosives legislation. 

This role is responsible for the team granting firearm and shotgun certificates as well as the review and decisions in cases of concern and will be required to exercise Chief Officer delegated authority under the Firearms & Explosives Acts.  


The role also requires; 

  • Formulating policy, procedure & guidance (local & national) 

  • Management of the Unit budget and dealing with HR Issues, training, welfare and continuous personal development of the Firearms Licensing Unit team  

  • Communication with partners, the public, businesses and giving evidence to Courts and tribunals 

  • Providing expert advice and evidence, briefing counsel/CPS/solicitors 

  • Conducting site inspections, carrying out function of HM Inspector of explosives at explosives sites. Providing technical assistance at crime scenes. 

  • Acting as single point of contact for the National Ballistic Intelligence Service and technical lead in relation to the recovery and identification of firearms for Norfolk & Suffolk.  

  • Production, analysis and presentation of performance information 


The successful applicant will have the ability to lead with expertise and be able to make safe and sound decisions. 


It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:  

  • Significant Firearms Licensing experience or similar regulatory function 

  • High level of knowledge of firearms, their lawful use in the community and firearms law and proven ability to apply legislative requirements 

  • Proven leadership skills and management experience 

  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to influence and negotiate at all levels 

  • Experience of presenting to audiences in a professional capacity 

  • Ability to make decisions with wide ranging and significant implications 

  • Ability to organise own time and prioritise own and other’s workloads with competing demands 

  • Ability to attend different locations around Norfolk and Suffolk as required 


It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria: 

  • Experience in handling firearms and explosives 

  • Experience of IT software packages and systems and ability to learn new ones 


Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a permanent basis. 

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.  

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.   

Norfolk/Suffolk constabularies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process. 

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together. 

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section. 

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected]