Detention Officer careers
Although our recruitment campaign for Detention Officers has now closed, please keep checking back here for regularly updates about future campaigns.
Day to day life of a Detention Officer
In this role you will be required to assist in the reception of detainees into custody, carry out a wide range of unsupervised duties to guarantee the safety, security and hygiene of the custody environment. Furthermore, you will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the welfare of the detainees and provide support to the Custody Officer.
This is a varied role where it is vital you can demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to remain resilient in the face of challenging situations.
Find out more about the role of a Detention Officer below.
- What is a Detention Officer?
- Being a Relief Detention Officer
- What skills are required?
- What is the salary?
- What is the shift pattern?
- What is the recruitment timeline?
No two days are the same! You will be communicating with people under pressure whilst providing safer detention.
- Want an active, varied role?
- Care about the protection of vulnerable people?
- Enjoy communicating with a wide range of people and organisations?
- Want to learn how to take samples, including DNA, Fingerprints and Photographs?
Dorset Police also recruits Relief Detention Officers as casual staff. You will be a fully trained Detention Officer who works on an ad hoc basis* to help with busy periods and to cover leave.
*Relief Detention Officers are required to attend the initial 5-week Custody training course on a full-time basis.
The role of a Detention Officer requires you to:
In addition, Detention Officers are entitled to a 20% shift allowance and an enhancement can also be claimed for hours worked at weekends.
|Friday 28th May 2021||Eligibility and Application to apply via E-recruitment|
|Monday 21st June at midday - 19:30||Eligibility and Application closes|
|Week commencing 21st June 2021||Shortlisting|
|Weeks commencing 28th June and 5th July 2021||Interviews|
|Tuesday 20th July 2021 at 16.15||Job-Related Fitness Test|
|Monday 18 October 2021||Custody course start date|
A workforce that reflects our communities
Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.
We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities and females is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.
In order to achieve this we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘positive action’.
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