Detention Officer (Buckinghamshire)

Criminal Justice
Milton Keynes
TVP Broad Band 2E
Band 2E, circa £24,549 per annum plus benefits. This salary is based on an average working week of 40 hours.
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 the 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. 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. Click here to watch a video about the role of our Detention Officers. 


Entry Requirements 

  • English Language/Literature GCSE (Grade 9-4/A-C) or equivalent qualification such as Level 2 Functional Skills or higher academic qualifications - certificates will be required. If you do not hold the mentioned qualifications, recent equivalent professional experience will also be considered.
  • Age 18 at date of application – no upper age limit 
  • Full Driving Licence 
  • The ability to undertake the standard fitness test and achieve level 5:4 with a BMI between 18-32



  • Six weeks’ training at our Force Training Centre in Sulhamstead, designed to give you a solid understanding in the essentials of a Detention Officer’s role and powers.
  • Receive officer safety training, which includes de-escalation and restraint techniques, as well as first aid training to College of Policing standards.


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

Only one application should be submitted for either Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire. Duplicate applications will be withdrawn. 

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Team on 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 29th May 2022

Thames Valley Police is a local organisation. Our legitimacy and connection to our communities benefits from a workforce employed mainly from the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. We value the unique and vital importance of face-to-face working, while acknowledging the benefits of appropriate remote working, to productivity, diversity, wellbeing and the environment. In every decision about working practices, public service and performance will always be the uppermost considerations.

To ensure fairness, the entitlement to remote working for our people will be agreed on a role-by-role basis. The feasibility of this may vary by function, team and department according to the nature of the work, the impact on public service and the relevant employment market. We value the diversity of our workforce and individual need will be appropriately considered.

We expect staff and officers in all roles to have some regular face-to-face contact with each other, including working from the workplace. Many operational roles will continue to require full-time working from our estate and in the field. There will remain an expectation for individuals to attend the workplace as required for their role and as determined by their line manager and the organisation.


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.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 3 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website,

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via:  

Click here to read more about our commitment to valuing difference.

This opportunity is closed to applications.