PS/975/H Detention Officer

Location: Stevenage
Role: Police Staff
Department: Custody
Closing Date: 20-01-19
Hertfordshire Constabulary currently has vacancies and projected vacancies for Detention Officers.

Working as part of a team in support of Custody Sergeants, Detention Officers carry out a multi-functional role within very busy custody units.

Hertfordshire Constabulary has two custody suites, at Hatfield and Stevenage, but is part of a collaborated unit which also covers Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The custody units are open 24 hours a day, 365 days year. The custody department is managed collaboratively by a Senior Management Team who manage custody units across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Custody staff are supervised locally by Custody Sergeants and dedicated Custody Inspectors.
Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Ensuring that persons in police detention are afforded their rights and entitlements and are cared for and treated ethically and in accordance with legislation and Home Office rules.
The reception of police detainees involving the creation of computer records to book persons into police custody and the recording of actions and activities during detention.
Ensuring the welfare needs of detainees are met through the development and implementation of a care plan.
Monitoring multiple detainees and responding to individual needs.
Taking fingerprints, DNA and photographs of detainees.
Maintenance of custody, including safety checks and cleanliness of the facility.

Successful candidates will be able to display the following:
An ability to work under pressure.
Resilience and flexibility.
Patience and compassion.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
An ability to treat individuals fairly regardless of circumstance.
An ability to work as part of a team.
An eye for detail.
Basic computer literacy.
Detention Officers are expected to work within a shift pattern, including nights and weekends.
A full driving licence is required (category D1 preferable), as is the ability to travel independently at short notice, as you may be expected at times to travel to other custody stations to cover staff abstractions or assist with conveying detained persons to other locations as per operational requirements.
The application process will include a medical and fitness assessment as well as an assessment and final interview.

Fully paid training to carry out the role will be provided.
For the purpose of this application you will be expected to provide evidence against the three competencies (found on the role profile) below, as well as the entry requirements.
• We are emotionally aware
• We are collaborative
• We analyse critically

There is a maximum word limit of 500 words per area. Please read the attached document entitled ‘Recruitment Process – Summary for Candidates’ prior to writing your evidence, as it provides guidance on how to complete this. To evidence against the competencies listed above, we require that you provide a specific example and use the STAR framework: Situation, Task, Action, Result.

Please note, if you are shortlisted, you may be required to attend an assessment and for the interview you will be expected to evidence against the above areas, as well as the additional competency 'We take ownership', which is also stipulated in the role profile.

All internal staff from Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary including agency workers and Special Constables (but excluding volunteers and apprentices who have not yet completed at least 9 months of their apprenticeship), are eligible to apply for this post.
Police Staff at risk of redundancy are given priority for all vacant posts. Any individuals in a redeployment situation who are interested in applying for this role should contact their nominated HR Project Officer as soon as possible.

If you are currently protected under the multiple impact mechanism, please contact your HR Project Officer prior to applying for this post to see how it may affect your salary.

Police Officers who accept an offer of a police staff role will need to retire as an Officer and if they are currently on the 30+ Scheme, will need to leave that scheme.

Police Officers considering retirement and being re-employed as police staff are required to read the attached Briefing Note as it contains important tax information regarding retirement and pension payments.

Due to this role involving shift work, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment by the Occupational Health and Safety Department.

The closing date for applications is 20th January 2019 and interviews will be held on 29th and 31st January 2019.

Successful candidates will be placed in a pool to fill actual and projected vacancies over the next 12 months. There will be a five week training programme followed by a period of mentoring in the work-place.

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