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.
- English Language or Literature and Mathematics at GCSE grade 9-4 or equivalent (e.g. Grade A-C or Level 2) or higher academic qualification – certificates will be required
- 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 18-30
- 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 Duplicate applications will be withdrawn.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 People Services Recruitment Department on RecruitmentStaffDO@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 5678.
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The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 11th April 2021.
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 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process. For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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