Are you a Home Office Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) looking to take the next steps in your policing career? We are seeking AFOs from other forces to join our Operational Policing Unit (OPU) bases in Shropshire and Hereford.

As an AFO with West Mercia Police, you will have a wide-ranging role with a range of responsibilities. You won’t just be providing 24/7 Armed Response cover - you will also contribute to road safety by traffic enforcement and collision investigation, respond to emergency response calls and support local policing.

This is a very exciting time to join West Mercia Police, with an unrivalled opportunity to develop your career and help shape our Authorised Firearms service to be fit for the future. We have vacancies at three of our OPU bases and we have our own Firearms School and a Tactical Firearms Team, providing opportunities for your further development and career progression.

Our Authorised Firearms team is a policing priority for West Mercia Police and in return, while our Health and Wellbeing Plan is designed to fully support our Authorised Firearms Officers and help them to maintain their work-life balance.

Our policing area

The West Mercia area is low in crime and a great place to live and work. There is a wide variety of towns and villages surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes. With excellent transport links and easy access to Birmingham and London, there is no shortage of leisure amenities and attractions. From picturesque cathedral cities such as Worcester, to market towns including Shrewsbury, Evesham and Ross-on-Wye, to modern shopping in Telford, all surrounded by magnificent countryside such as the Malvern Hills and the famed Cotswolds, there is something for everyone. Property prices can be very competitive, too.


So what's stopping you? Come and transfer to our Authorised Firearms team – where you are never just a number. Go to our vacancies page and apply today.

If you have any queries, please contact the Recruitment Team via