Connecting Talent to opportunity

Connecting Talent to opportunity

Detention officers 348215


Job Description:


Detention officers needed in Guildford £12.77ph ref 348215

Do you have the passion to work in public service and a real talent for working with people from all walks of life?  Looking for a role that’s challenging and not just sitting behind a desk?  Then performing the role of Detention Officer could very well be your next career move.

If you have an interest in policing and perhaps a long-term plan to become a police officer this role is an excellent way into a career in policing.

In this role you will be maintaining a safe and professional environment for people that have been arrested, visitors and contractors to our custody centres.  Lots of variety comes with your duties including; supporting the Custody Sergeant in dealing with detainees, using designated powers such as searching or taking fingerprints, and providing support to those who are at a crisis point  You will be working with custody medical teams for physical and mental health and oversee entitlements as required under legislation. 

You’ll be an excellent team player, known for your problem solving skills and a self-starter.  The skill to use computers and to maintain records accurately is a must.  It is essential that you have the confidence that you can deal with conflict routinely and with detainees that are upset, angry, violent or just don’t like you. You will have experience in diffusing situations, have a positive approach, demonstrate empathy, compassion, and the ability to be firm but fair.  A sense of humour is definitely a strength in this role!


You will complete a comprehensive training programme including aspects of the law, conflict management, food preparation, first aid and also how to take fingerpirnts and DNA samples.

Policing is a 24/7 operation – so, this role operates a shift pattern that is 24/7.  Whilst you will be based at one of the Custody Centres (Guildford, Staines or Salfords) you may also be required to work at any one of the Centres.

Full time hours on a temporary basis.