We’re hiring designated detention officers to work in our custody suites located at Northfleet, Tonbridge, Maidstone and Medway police stations.
You'll be working as part of a team responsible for the reception, care and management of detainees.
Detainee behaviour can be challenging - even volatile - so the ability to handle situations with respect, empathy and understanding is really important, as is the ability to remain calm and controlled.
You'll need good spelling and grammar as well as attention to detail as you'll be recording daily interactions with detainees and completing forms.
Above all, you'll need to be able to communicate effectively with all kinds of people from all walks of life, many of whom are vulnerable or confrontational.
£20,355 (plus 10% shift allowance) once you’ve successfully completed the training course and a six month probationary period.
As custody is a 24/7 business you'll be required to work a full shift pattern (see below), for which you'll receive an additional 10% full shift pattern allowance (included in salary figure above).
Consideration will be given to where you live when we allocate your work locations although we are unable to guarantee you get the location of your choice.
In order to provide a countywide custody service on a daily basis, the role may require you to cover a variety of locations around the county.
Therefore it's essesntial you have access to a vehicle with the appropriate business us insurance.
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You'll need to know how to use Microsoft Office products or their equivalent.
You'll be expected to handle a range of administrative and physical tasks, so flexibility is important.
Ideally you should have an understanding of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice.
While previous custody experience is desirable, it's not essential.
If your application is successfully shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview process in Maidstone.
We will be holding a mandatory Information Briefing Session at the Kent Police College in Maidstone would provisionally be Mid November 2018. Please note that you must attend to ensure that your application is progressed.
Interview dates will be confirmed to you at the Briefing Session.
If successful you'll undergo full security vetting checks.
We aim to offer permanent employment but occassionally we'll offer fixed term contracts to cover maternity leave. If permanent oppurtunities become available whilts you're on a fixed term contract you'll be able to apply as an internal candidate.