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Job Reference: G1784
Number of Positions: 1
Job Category: Custody
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £20,341 per annum (Pro rata)
Location: Lancashire
G4S Region: UK & Ireland
Country:United Kingdom


G4S Business Unit:
Closing Date: July 31, 2017

Job Introduction:

G4S Policing Support Services work with a range of Police Forces across the UK in order to deliver their custody requirements. We are currently looking to appoint several Custody Detention Officers based at custody suites across Lancashire.

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.

These are full time, permanent positions (equating to an average of 42 hours per week over a set period). The shift pattern covers a variety of shifts which include day and night shifts, weekends and bank holidays.

Please note if you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the application process, you will be invited to attend an interview.  The next stages for candidates successful at interviews will be to complete pre-employment checks which include; a medical assessment, security vetting and completion of character and employment references.

Please note that successful candidates will be expected to travel countywide, therefore a full driving licence is essential.

If you are successful at all stages of the recruitment process you will be required to attend a five week initial training course , with an additional Operational Custody Detention Officer training/shadowing period in a police custody suite.  The five week course will be held Monday to Friday day time hours.

Please note that the initial training course can be held at one of a number of locations. If it is held outside of Lancashire, you may be required to be away from home from Sunday to Thursday night each week and accommodation will be provided.

Key Recruitment Dates
Closing date for reciept of applications: midday on 31st July 2017
Interviews: tbc
Medical Appointments: tbc
Course start date: Early November 2017 (subject to receipt of satisfactory checks. Should a candidate's pre-employment checks not be recieved in sufficient time, the candidate's details will be retained on file for the next intake)

Role Responsibility:

  •  Implement all relevant legislation and apply Company and Police policies and procedures to ensure high standards of security and safety are maintained within the Custody Suite.
  • Assist in the accurate and prompt maintenance of manual and computerised custody records to ensure the integrity of data held.
  • Complete antecedent forms, obtain fingerprints, photographs, and DNA samples from detained persons, as directed, ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation.
  • Search each cell before and after use to detect and arrange the repair of any damage caused, reporting and following correct procedures to maintain a safe custody facility.
  • Search detainees – Perform physical searching of Detainee’s, retaining and recording of personal possessions, ensuring compliance with force policy and Company policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and serve all food and drinks, as required, for detained persons and other items as requested ensuring compliance with food hygiene regulations and maintaining the welfare and decency of the detainee.
  • Supervise visits by official representatives/agencies and ensure visits by relatives are continuously monitored to maintain security in the custody facility, in compliance with Force policy.
  • Notify the Custody Officer of any changes in behaviour or well-being of detainees so that any welfare concerns are identified.
  • Receive, record, care and store detainees and evidential property in compliance with force policy to ensure the accurate return and or transfer of property.
  • Monitor the custody suite environment, reporting issues, to ensure the general cleanliness and hygiene of the custody facility at all times.
  • Assist police officers and/or restrain detainees, as directed, in the execution of their duties to ensure the safety and security of those within the facility.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Contribute to the quality of team working
  • Develop and sustain effective relationships with staff in other agencies
  • Maintain and develop your own knowledge, skills and competence
  • Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Maintain restrictions on individuals’ liberty whilst promoting and protecting their rights
  • Maintain security at entry and exit points
  • Contribute to the security of the custodial environment
  • Contribute to the control of incidents and emergencies
  • Minimise and deal with disruptive and obstructive behaviour
  • Contribute to the prevention & management of inappropriate behaviour
  • Provide effective customer service
  • Ability to enter and retrieve data using a computer
  • Hold a full UK driving licence, with access to a vehicle

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Previous experience of working in a security or similar environment

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