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Detention Officer, Southampton - HC615905

Job Details

Job Title:  Detention Officer - HC615905
Location:  Southampton (when applying your application will be for Portsmouth and Basingstoke also) please read below
Salary: Scale 5, £27,789 per annum, plus 20% Shift allowance & Weekend enhancements 
(approximately £770 per month in addition to salary).
Contract: Permanent
Hours:  37 per week – Shift working, including weekends, early mornings, late night, & Night shifts.


Closing Date:  This advert will remain open until 26th May 2024. However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you are successful, Interviews will be held in May and we would look to start you in role in September 2024.


Please do not attach a CV and covering letter to your application. Please note that you will be required to send in pictures of your tattoo to once your application has been submitted. 


Important Please Read

We have three adverts currently live for the three locations. Please note that you can still be posted to any of those three locations despite which one you submit an application to, I.e. if you submit an application for Southampton, you can be posted to Southampton, Portsmouth or Basingstoke. We ask that you complete your posting preferences as part of the application form.

Please only submit an application for one of the locations as you are still in a pool for all three locations so multiple applications are not required and will be removed.

Policing is a career like no other. Our police officers, police staff and volunteers show courage, teamwork and compassion on a daily basis to make a real difference to people’s lives in the communities they serve.


We look for all kinds of skills, because we know it takes all kinds of people to protect the public. Problem solving, compassion, resilience, respect, courage and teamwork. These are the qualities we are looking for, and if you think you might have the skills to serve why not apply?

About the role

As a Detention Officer you will be based in one of our state of the art Police Investigation Centres, where colleagues from many different roles are located. The custody suite, where you’ll spend the majority of your time, is at the heart of the police station.

Detention Officers are using their skills to play an increasingly important part in the way custody suites are run. You'll not only help in the smooth running of the station, but also provide support to detainees who are facing one of the most difficult times of their lives. The role is definitely challenging, but can also be incredibly rewarding and varied.

You'll need to be alert at all times, thinking on your feet and making informed decisions. A key task is assisting the Custody Officer in providing an excellent level of care to some of the most vulnerable individuals in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You'll complete all aspects of the booking in process and when required facilitate disposal procedures for detainees. Take their fingerprints, photographs and DNA, record their possessions and make sure they're safe and secure. During their time in custody, you'll regularly monitor a detainee’s condition and behaviour, where necessary assist with investigative procedures and preservation of evidence whilst maintaining the safety and security of all personnel within the custody suite. There will be phone calls to answer, solicitors and other agencies to deal with and a whole host of other tasks to do, as well as supporting your colleagues and the custody sergeant. 

Successful candidates will undertake a five and half week training course, which is assessed throughout. You will receive training on all aspects of your role and where it sits within the Criminal Justice System; on relevant legislation, bespoke police systems and your designated powers; on personal safety training techniques and emergency life support skills. Some people join the constabulary to be a career Detention Officer and others join as it opens up opportunities to develop skills and experience needed to serve in other roles such as a police officer. 

For more information on this role please click here - Detention Officer


For information about the role and recruitment process please click here.

Salary and Other Benefits

In addition to a highly rewarding career and a competitive base salary of £27,789 - £29.874 per annum. Once you’ve completed a training period you’ll receive an additional 20% shift allowance and weekend enhancement making your potential earnings far higher.

Our benefits are extensive too and include:

An attractive contributory pension scheme

Childcare Voucher and Cycle to Work schemes.

Access to Hampshire Police Leisure and Sport (providing a range of family and sporting activities)

Gym facilities at a number of our buildings.

You also have the opportunity to be part of a large organisation with all the potential opportunity for development and progression that can bring. Many police officers start off life in other police roles, which can provide vital experience that gives them the edge over other candidates.

Hours of Work

Detention Officers work to a shift pattern, which applies across all of our 24/7 operational custody suites. This consists of working 2 day shifts, 2 late shifts and 2 night shifts followed by 4 rest days. You will be part of a team which serves the public all day, every day including weekend work.

Essential Application Criteria

This role is subject to satisfactory vetting clearance and related fitness test.  You will need to be Educated to QCF Level 3 A-levels (or equivalent) OR work experience deemed to have brought the post-holder to a comparable level. 

In evaluating applications we assess against the following Competencies and Personal Qualities. Reading the below links will assist you in your application.

We are Emotionally Aware Level 1

We Take Ownership Level 1

We are collaborative Level 1

We Deliver, Support and Inspire Level 1

Candidate Guidance for Completing Application Forms

Applicants will complete an application form, an assessment day and must pass a Job Related Fitness Test.

Applicants must have a full manual driving licence (which we require evidence of during the process) and although you’ll be posted to one of our custody centres there may on occasions be a requirement to work at other locations which could include Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke or the Isle of Wight.

Please note that the email address you supply when submitting an application will be used for contact throughout the full lifecycle of that vacancy. You will not be able to amend your contact details. You should therefore ensure that you choose an appropriately accessible email address, being mindful that the process may take several months for some roles.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary is an inclusive employer and strives to have a workforce representative of the communities we police and serve. We recognise that we are not fully representative and are working to address this imbalance through a variety of initiatives.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary is an equal opportunities employer that positively promotes flexible working, enabling officers and staff to achieve a healthy work-life balance whilst meeting operational requirements of the constabulary. We actively encourage applications to be made on a full time, part time or flexible working basis.

The Equality Act 2010 allows us to promote equality within Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary by adopting Positive Action to support people from under-represented groups. Our aim is to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills and experience and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Our Positive Action team are available to provide support through the application and assessment process by contacting:

The Disability Confident campaign aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that people have opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. We will accommodate requests for reasonable adjustments where possible throughout our recruitment and promotions processes and encourage anyone requiring reasonable adjustments to disclose this at the earliest opportunity.

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