Mounted section at football matchAvon and Somerset Constabulary was formed in April 1974 and is the amalgamation of the former Bristol Constabulary, Somerset and Bath Constabulary and the Staple Hill Division of Gloucestershire Constabulary.

One of the largest forces in England and Wales, we police a population of almost 1.5 million people and 1,855 square miles that take in virtually every kind of landscape – city centres, wild moors, dense forests, busy holiday resorts and vast commercial and industrial complexes.

awardsAvon and Somerset’s training services and facilities are available to both public and private sector organisations. All our courses are formally accredited by awarding bodies which provides you with the reassurance that you are receiving training of the highest quality supplemented by formal certification.

We provide a number of assurances including that our equipment is reliable and appropriate to the subject and audience and that our learning environments are conducive to effective learning.

We also work closely with the College of Policing in setting high standards for all our courses


The Training School itself has a large number of well-equipped classrooms catering for a wide range of police specific training, several of which have an interactive whiteboard. There is also a library, video and resource unit, fully equipped TV studio, a Hydra simulation suite and a 150-seat Lecture Theatre. In addition, the ICT Training Unit has a fully equipped mobile training facility.

The school has five main training units:

– Core Policing Skills Training
– Investigative Training
– Leadership Training
– Operational Training
– ICT Training

Although catering primarily for the training needs of Avon and Somerset Constabulary personnel, the Training School welcomes students from other police forces, armed services, government agencies and other non-police organisations.

However, some training can only be delivered to particular employees, eg the Police National Computer (PNC) to staff employed by UK police forces or its partners; Casualty Bureau to the police and other emergency services.