Designated Detention Officer

B Division
London North Custody - Brewery Road
Full Time

A Designated Detention Officer (DDO) is required for a permanent role paying £24,391.58 plus £2835.11 London Allowance plus 20% shift allowance and a £2000.00 Market Supplement with British Transport Police based in London North Custody – Brewery Road. 

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including the London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing. As DDO with BTP, you will assist the Custody Sergeant with the running and management of the custody suite, ensuring the safety and security of staff and detainees and providing a professional custody service to a range of stakeholders.

As DDO, your duties will include:

  • Managing the arrival of detainees, conduct risk assessments and open custody records, recording personal details and the reason/ circumstance of the arrest.
  • Conducting prisoner searches, take prisoners fingerprints, photographs and DNA samples using reasonable force when necessary and appropriate.
  • Conducting cell visits to ensure the safety of detainees, the ensure cells are clean and in good working order.
  • Supervising detainee’s ablutions, exercise, telephone calls, visits and doctor examinations.
  • Arranging and deliver appropriate meals and drink to the detainee’s taking into account dietary requirements.
  • Providing first aid treatment when required.
  • Presenting evidence in court and other hearings as required.
  • Answering telephone calls and deal with enquiries.
  • Promoting equality, diversity and human rights in working practices by developing positive working relationships, ensuring colleagues and detainees are treated with courtesy, respect and dignity.

Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description.

The successful DDO will be required to evidence the following skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to accurately input information onto a computer database and the ability to carry out basic office administration using word processing and email software packages.
  • The ability to remain calm and professional in confrontational situations.
  • The ability to use an appropriate level of force to control detainees in accordance with training and guidelines.
  • A demonstrable understanding of and commitment to delivering high levels of customer service.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Previous experience of working in a custody environment is desirable and/or demonstrable experience in similar secure settings.

If you are interested in applying to this DDO role then please do not delay as interviews will be held as soon as appropriate candidates are highlighted.

In return for your experience, we can offer you:

  • £24,391.58 plus £2835.11 London Allowance plus 20% shift allowance and a £2000.00 Market Supplement per annum
  • Yearly base salary increments
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Family friendly policies including up to 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave
  • Bespoke benefits platform and access to Blue Light Card
  • Employee assistance programme and dedicated wellbeing hub
  • Pension scheme

BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035.

At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

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In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

BTP has undertaken a review of Police Staff pensions and as a result of this the Police Staff pension will be changing. The current police staff pension is a Defined Benefit scheme which is administered by the Railways Pension scheme. The new pension scheme which is launching is a Defined Contribution scheme which is administered by Royal London. The new pension scheme is awaiting formal approval and an introductory date is not finalised. The earliest this will be is April 2023. If you have any queries, please contact the recruitment team –

Internal candidates must have completed their probation for their current substantive posting and can only apply in tenure if Head of Department approval is emailed to prior to the vacancy closing. Internal candidates must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance and that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date. A minimum indicator of 3 / developing' or' 'Indicator 5 / no rating must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.

This opportunity is closed to applications.