Detention Officer

Criminal Justice
High Wycombe
TVP Broad Band 2E
Band 2E, circa £23,536 per annum plus benefits.
Full Time

As a Detention Officer you will work within Thames Valley Police custody suites providing support to Custody Officers and police investigators as they deal with a range of individuals – some being the most challenging and vulnerable in society. You will be first point of contact in the suite for both officers and detainees, and will be responsible for managing risks and assessing vulnerabilities 24/7, 365 days a year under the supervision of police Sergeants.

You will assist in the preparation, completion and administration of all documentation, information and computer records relating to persons in custody to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and operational accuracy, as well as responding to dynamic situations that will require you to think fast and act professionally.



You will be IT-literate, full of initiative and have excellent communication skills. You will maintain resilience when physically confronted. English and Maths at GCSE Grade 9-4 or equivalent (e.g. GCSE A-C, English language and Maths level 2), or a higher academic qualification, is required. You will be required to complete 12 months’ service in the role of Detention Officer before you can apply for other roles. Proven ability to work flexibly and in a shift environment. Must also be willing to work at other locations in line with operational demand. For this reason a full UK driving license is considered essential.



You will complete a six-week course of formal training. This is undertaken on a full-time basis at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead. It’s designed to give you a solid understanding in the essentials of a Detention Officer, and you will legally designated by the Chief Constable to carry out certain police powers like searches and the taking of fingerprints and DNA. You will also receive officer safety training, which includes de-escalation and restraint techniques, as well as first aid training to College of Policing standards. You’ll then be deployed to a custody suite – this marks the beginning of your Thames Valley Police career.  

Successful candidates will go into a recruitment pool to fill planned Detention Officer Courses throughout the year, subject to vacancies. 


If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 quoting reference 5678

Please use Google Chrome when completing your application, wherever possible, as this will enhance performance. 

The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 22nd November 2020


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Thames Valley Police serves diverse communities; to truly reflect this, we are keen to recruit people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. We value the knowledge and experiences that individuals bring from different cultures and welcome any contributions that can enhance the services we deliver to the public.

We believe in investing in all of our people, and run tailored Positive Action Initiatives to support our colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds in their personal and professional development, ensuring everyone has a level playing field to succeed, progress and feel fulfilled in their careers.

This opportunity is closed to applications.