Detention Officers

West Yorkshire Police has the following Detention Officer vacancy currently available :

Detention Officers play a vital role in the safe and smooth running of West Yorkshire Police custody suites.

Working as part of a team under the supervision of the Custody Officer they deal with the large number of detainees who are brought to the custody suites each year. They will assist with the safety and wellbeing of detainees from the moment they arrive at the police station, be that under arrest, returning on bail or attending voluntarily for the purpose of biometric data capture (Eg to provide fingerprints or DNA).

The role is designated under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to provide Detention Officers with the powers to carry out certain parts of the role profile; biometrics data capture, collection of non-intimate samples and where necessary using reasonable force to restrain detainees.

General duties involve booking people in and out of custody, preparation and serving of food, dealing with enquiries from partner agencies, solicitors, members of the public etc, and maintaining the custody suite to a compliant standard.

Detention Officers will be based at one of the Force’s five operational custody suites.  Postings will depend on which location currently has vacancies:

  • Bradford
  • Halifax
  • Huddersfield
  • Leeds
  • Wakefield

Detention Officer

Reference : WXY30

Location : Forcewide

Hours: 37 hours per week (suitable for job share)

Pay: £21,135 - £23,406 per annum (20% shift allowance plus weekend enhancements)

Would you like to make a positive difference to policing? Do you have what it takes to be a Detention Officer at West Yorkshire Police?

West Yorkshire Police are recruiting a number of Detention Officers at various locations across the Force.

The Job:

The role of a Detention Officer is a challenging, varied and rewarding career.

Detention Officers play a vital role in the safe and smooth running of our custody suites.


Working as part of a team under the supervision of the Custody Officer you will be dealing with the large number of detainees who are brought to our custody suites each year. Detainee’s safety and wellbeing are your responsibility from the moment they arrive at the police station, be that under arrest, returning on bail or attending voluntarily for the purpose of biometric data capture. 

The role is designated under the Police Act 2017 to provide you with the powers to carry out certain parts of the role profile; biometrics data capture, collection of non-intimate samples and where necessary using reasonable force to restrain detainees. 

General duties involve booking people in and out of custody, preparation and serving of food, dealing with enquiries from partner agencies, solicitors, members of the public etc and maintaining the custody suite to a compliant standard.

You will need to be able to work as part of a team but also use your own initiative and have a flexible approach in this challenging environment.

Can you answer YES to the below? If so, then this could be the job for you!

  • Have you great communication skills, both verbal and written?
  • Are you quick thinking and able to deal with all kinds of situations?
  • Can you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, listen and understand people?
  • Are you confident, have plenty of resilience, have good physical stamina and a good team player?
  • Do you have good computer skills?

We will give you all the training and support you need, starting with a 6 week initial training course, which you must successfully complete. The course covers custody legislation, capturing biometric data, officer safety training and much more. 

You must be physically capable to undertake the duties of the post including dealing with uncooperative and sometimes violent detainees. 

You will provide a visible presence in our custody suites and be the face of West Yorkshire Police Custody, adhering to the Code of Ethics and Authorised Professional Practice (College of Policing). Respect for others regardless of their race, age, background or reason for arrest is absolutely essential. 

You must be aged 18 or over at the time of applying.

Locations:

We have vacancies across the Force. During the recruitment process, you will be asked for your preferences as to where you would prefer to be located. Whilst we will take into consideration your preferences these cannot be guaranteed. The postings will be based on business requirements.

Shifts - We operate 24/7, 365 days of the year. You must be prepared to work unsocial hours on a shift rota (currently six days on 4 days off), working both days and nights. You must also be willing to work at any of our of custody suites across the force as required. 

Please note: if you are successful at interview stage, you will be required to undertake a medical and vetting checks. 

All job offers will be subject to satisfactory references, meeting the attendance criteria and vetting checks. 

Applicants should be aware that it is not always possible to carry out adequate vetting checks on persons who have not been resident within the UK for the last three years. Therefore, where this applies, applicants may be refused on the grounds that it was not possible to vet them to the appropriate standard.

This post is suitable for job share. The application process will close at 23:55 hours on the 28th July 2021.

West Yorkshire Police is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all minority groups and individuals who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

For a detailed description of the Competency and Values levels required please refer to the College of Policing Competency and Values Framework. This document will assist you in completing the Evidence of Achievement section of the application form.

Please note: the Evidence of Achievement section will not be visible until the employment section has been completed.