Vacancy – Custody Detention Officers
We are currently recruiting for Custody Detention Officers within the South Wales Police area. You will be based at one of the 4 custody suites at Cardiff Bay, Merthyr, Bridgend or Swansea
Custody Detention Officer
Open From 01/03/2016 12:00:00 to 14/03/2016 12:00:00
Starting Salary: £17,835.53 per annum; (pro rata for part time)
South Wales Police is currently recruiting for Custody Detention Officers within the South Wales Police area. You will be based at one of the 4 custody suites at Cardiff Bay, Merthyr, Bridgend or Swansea
The Custody Detention Officer role is responsible for assisting in the secure detention, care and welfare of detained persons and their property, in accordance with the powers as detailed in the Police Reform Act 2002, ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
Under the supervision of the Custody Sergeant, detainees will be your responsibility from the moment they’re brought to the station. You will book them in, record their possessions, take their fingerprints and photographs and make sure they’re secure in a cell. During their time in custody, you’ll take them food, make regular cell checks. There will also be phone calls to answer, solicitors to deal with and a whole host of other things to do.
This will offer you the exciting opportunity to work within our dynamic custody suites. We will build upon your skills and abilities and teach you to deal effectively and with professionalism persons who have been detained in police custody
As custody is a 24 hours; 7 day per week business, successful candidates will be required to work a shift pattern covering the business hours. Specific shift pattern is currently under review and is subject to change.
This is a challenging job where we require unique individuals. Detainee behavior can be challenging, even volatile, so the ability to handle situations with respect, empathy and understanding is key. As is the ability to remain calm and controlled.
You will need good computer skills, spelling and grammar as well as attention to detail as you will be recording daily interactions with detainees and completing forms. Above all, you will need to be able to communicate effectively with all kinds of people from all walks of life, many of whom are vulnerable or confrontational In return you will, have an immensely satisfying job where you are making a significant contribution to safeguarding the communities of South Wales.
As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented within the Force, we would particularly welcome applications from BME applicants.
If you feel you have these skills, and would wish to apply for the role Custody Detention Officer, applications can be accessed on the South Wales Police website: http://www.south-wales.police.uk/apply-for-a-job/
Please refer to the Guidance Pack for further details of the role and how to complete the application form, this contains the information normally provided in a Role Profile.
Applications will be available from 1st March 2016.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 Monday 14th March.
Assessment Centre We will be holding assessment centre between 11-15 April 2016.
If you are successful at the eligibility and scoring stage of your application, you will be invited to attend assessments some time during that week.
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