Paul P is a Detention Officer with Northumbria Police. He applied to join the police force after university, but poor eyesight let him down. He had corrective surgery but at the time that wasn't accepted. It is now, and so he was able to apply to be a detention officer. His ultimate goal is to become a police officer.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionPrison service officers (below Principal Officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.
QualificationsThere are no formal academic requirements for entry but candidates must pass a pre-entry test and full medical examination. Basic training is followed by a 12 month probationary period during which further on-the-job training is provided. Background checks are required for entrants, and there are generally nationality restrictions and a lower age limit of 18 years.
- Escorts prisoners to and from cells and supervises them during meals, recreation and visiting periods;
- Watches for any infringements of regulations and searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items;
- Guards entrances and perimeter walls;
- Investigates disturbances or any other unusual occurrences;
- Escorts prisoners transferred from one institution to another;
- Runs prisoner rehabilitation and support programmes;
- Provides care and support to prisoners in custody including prevention of self harm;
- Trains and supervises prison staff;
- Reports on prisoners’ conduct as necessary.