Chief Firearms Instructor (CFI) - City of London Police

Rank: Substantive Inspector

Locations: City of London, but with regular attendance at locations in London, the south-east and on occasion nationally. 

Starting salary: Inspector National Pay Scales  

Vetting Level:SC or willing to undergo SC 

Applications are invited from Substantive Inspectors to join the City of London Police. 

The City of London is the historic heart of London packed with history, commercial activity and culture. The City of London has a demographic profile which is not replicated anywhere else: a residential population of around 8,000 and over 500,000 as commuters arriving at their place of work daily. In addition, tens of thousands of people cross the City every day and many other thousands visit as tourists. 

It has both a rich legacy of historic buildings and areas and a large number of iconic sites including St Paul’s, the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange, and the Gherkin.

The City of London Police is proud to deliver an exceptional service and year on year we have risen to this challenge. We are committed to keeping the City safe, and protecting the City from the threat of terrorism. 

The Tactical Firearms Group (TFG) provides 24-hour firearms cover to both spontaneous and pre-planned operations in the City as well as supporting the Force in a number of other areas. You will also support the resolution of Counter terrorism related operations and incidents.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are invited onlyfrom Home Office Forces applicants or British Transport Police.

There is no specific London Residency criteria. All eligible candidates across the UK are welcome to apply. 

Applicants meet the current Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT) level of 5.4, as well as City of London Police medical standards.

Essential Criteria:

  • Be a current CFI/DCFI

  • Be a substantive Inspector. 

  • Be a qualified, competent and current National Firearms Instructor.

  • Have the skills and experience to manage, influence and deliver strategic and cultural change.

  • Be able to negotiate and influence in order to work at a national level with strategic stakeholders. 

  • Have an understanding of the College of Policing firearms training licence process. 

  • Be competent in the compilation of risk assessments and be willing to complete a ‘Level 3’ in management of risk, Institution of Managing Safety and Health (IOSH) or level 5 National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) training. 

  • Have a thorough understanding of the management of strategic risk, in order to deliver firearms training based on the City of London Police APSTRA findings.

  • Have the skills and experience to deliver the firearms training plan annually.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Be an Operationally Competent Tactical Firearms Commander, or be willing to undergo training to achieve the role.

  • Have a recognised introduction to teaching (AET, PTTLS, NVQ) or full teacher training (Cert Ed, DET) qualification.

  • Hold an A1 Assessor qualification, or willing to undertake qualification. 

Please note, all applicants will be required to submit a verifiable training record to demonstrate competence in the Firearms Instructor role profile e.g. Chronicle


The Competency and Values framework is used to assess the eligible candidates.

 for further information Competency and Values framework

You’ll need to have the following attributes:

  • Impartiality

  • Integrity 

  • Transparency 

  • A commitment to Public Service.

If you would like to discuss the opportunities in more detail, please contact Inspector Darren Pulman on 0207 601 2253 or T/Chief Inspector, Ray Maskell on 0207 601 2526.

If you would like to discuss the recruitment process, please contact HR Services on 0207 601 2845 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates who are eligible will be invited to the City of London Police for an interview.

A diverse workforce improves the service we provide to our public by making us more approachable and relevant within our communities. This is why it’s vitally important that we recruit people from a wide range of communities and backgrounds with an understanding of cultural issues and a wide range of skills. We therefore particularly encourage female and people from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic communities to join us.

For more information on the City of London Police please visit: Careers City of London Police


The City of London Police is committed to equal opportunities and particularly welcomes applications from Female and BAME applicants.