Detention Officer

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Cheshire Constabulary

Job title: Detention Officer

Job description: 1

Detention Officer, Permanent Opportunity working within the Custody Suites

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent male Detention Officer to work in the Custody Suites. The successful candidate will work within the Custody team providing support and assistance to the Custody officer in the detention and welfare of detained persons and their property, and the administration of the Custody Service.

The Detention Officer will be involved in managing the day to day of wellbeing and management of detainees, take photographs, fingerprints and perform non-intimate searches with or without consent and ensure appropriate bagging of exhibits. The Detention Officer will search cells and rooms within the cell area, check visitors and their baggage to ensure no breaches of security.

Salary information:

  • If working Full-Time you could earn approximately in the region of £31,153 to £33,857 per annum. This includes the 20% shift allowance and weekend enhancements. (please note that your monthly income will vary due to how many weekends and shifts you work that month)

The main responsibilities will be…..

  • Provide assistance to a police officer or independently to restrain, using reasonable force, detained persons who become violent and place those persons in a contained environment, ensuring that any damage to the property or equipment is reported to the custody officer.
  • Administration support.
  • Control the movement of detainees within the cell area in relation to exercise periods, toilet facilities and to supervise visits by official representatives and relatives ensuring that security considerations are complied with.
  • Ensure that all prisoner’s health and welfare needs are attended to and met.
  • When necessary deal with all enquiries in relation to detained persons.

For more detail information, please review the Role Profile attached

Do you have the right skills and experience?

  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience of working within a people orientated environment.
  • Typically some experience of supervising people in an institutionalised environment will be an indication of a candidate’s range of acquired skills.
  • Specific training will be provided.
  • Must be able to pass a relevant PNC course.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Computer literate ability.
  • Must be able to work a 24 hour shift pattern of work.

To be considered for the role candidates will need to evidence their experience by completing the criteria questions within the online application.

Cheshire Police seek to recruit Male Detention Officers to ensure the current demand and requirements are met of male detainees. Of the arrests that are made in Cheshire on average over 80% are male detainees. At present there are more female Detention Officers than male. Part of the Detention Officer duties involve searching / supervision of detainees and in some cases this involves assisting Police Officers conduct strip searches so the Detention Officers must be of the same gender.

This recruitment is seeking to balance the male/female ratio of Detention Officers to meet the requirements made from the ratio of male/females detainees. As a result positive action under section 159 of the Equality Act will be applied at interview as part of this process.

Please note, should we receive a high volume of applications for this role, we will be required to close this advert prior to the scheduled closing date. Therefore, we would recommend submitting your application at your earliest convenience.

Cheshire Constabulary is fully supportive of diversity, equality and inclusion and strives to employ a workforce which is representative of the community it serves.
Applications are welcomed from all underrepresented groups and support will be made available throughout the recruitment process for all applicants. Under-represented groups include:

  • People of ethnic minority
  • Individuals who identify as having a visible or invisible disability
  • Gender in relation to female representation for PC entry routes
  • Gender in relation to male representation for Staff entry routes
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + (LGBT+)

If you have any queries in relation to diversity, equality and inclusion or have a request for any additional support you may need, please email

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Please note, you will require the following detail to complete this application form; NI Number, ID detail, address information, referee information, full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained. You may also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have. The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes. Please therefore ensure you allow time to complete this fully as incomplete pages will not be saved. As part of the application process, you may be asked to provide evidence of your Qualifications, proof of identity and address, so it is important to make sure you have this information to hand before you complete your application.

Expected salary: £24921 – 27351 per year

Location: Cheshire

Job date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 01:10:02 GMT

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Job Detail
  • Offered Salary£20,000 - £30,000
  • Career LevelOfficer
  • GenderBoth
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