Prisoner Custody Officer / Drivers

£17417 - £19905 per annum
03 Jul 2019
17 Jul 2019
Dave Williams
Contract Type
Full Time
LOCATION: Smethwick (commutable from Birmingham)
JOB TITLE: Prisoner Custody Officer / Drivers 
SALARY & BENEFITS: Basic salary of 17,417.40 (On target earning £19,905.60 plus more overtime opportunities available) and great benefits including 25 days holiday, pension scheme and life assurance, Discount & Childcare vouchers
WORKING HOURS: 35 hours per week – will require flexible approach to working hours – overtime opportunities available 

THE COMPANY: Are you a patient, understanding individual and do you thrive when working as part of a team? If you are looking for a new challenge where no day is the same, then our client wants to hear from you!

Our client are a well-respected prisoner transportation company who provide the safe and secure transportation and custody suite services for prisoners and young people in custody across England, Scotland and Wales and our now looking for Prisoner Custody Officers, Drivers and Drivers Escorts to join their existing team based in Smethwick, which is within easy commutable distance from Birmingham, West Bromwich, Walsall, Wolverhampton and surrounding areas. 

THE ROLE: For the Prisoner Custody Officer / Escort Custody Officer / Driver role's your primary responsibility is maintaining the welfare of the people in our clients custody, providing care and support during their time in the court system. You will provide a duty of care to prisoners and will treat them fairly and decently without discrimination, with respect for their dignity, and with understanding and compassion. This is a varied and interesting role where no day can be the same, and full training including first aid, mental health, and control and restraint will be given to candidates as well as an excellent salary, benefits and working conditions. 
This is an immensely rewarding role that provides a wide spectrum of responsibilities and will especially appeal to those with a sense of public duty and a willingness to support your fellow citizen. In addition to job security you will receive a competitive salary with numerous excellent benefits, incentives and opportunities to develop your career. 

Key Responsibilities for the Prisoner Custody Officer / Escort Custody Officer / Driver role in Smethwick include :-

Responsible for the safe and secure movement of people in our client's custody; including out of prison, in vehicles, at court including to the dock, and on legal visits and comfort breaks
Ensure the welfare of people in custody, including conducting risk assessments for vulnerable or ‘at risk’ people, managing meal times & snacks as well as ensuring comfort stops are taken when necessary whilst in transit
Ensuring all ‘prisoner checks’ are completed and recorded
Manage incidents if they occur including potential use of physical force to control and restrain when required
Liaise and work with third party agencies including the police and prison services to ensure correct documentation is completed

THE CANDIDATE: The successful candidate for the role should be a calm and patient person who has excellent communication skills and can effectively build good working relations with people on all levels. You should be someone who has a positive and practical attitude, is non judgemental and can provide a high level of care to people. You must be organised and able to meet deadlines, work well under pressure, and candidates must have a valid UK Driving Licence and live within commutable distance to Smethwick. Candidates with a C1 Drivers Licence would be highly desirable. 

Due to the nature of this role you should be someone who is physically fit, must be comfortable in confined spaces with prisoners, able to commit to a flexible working pattern and be happy to undergo a vetting process and DBS checks a well as extensive training in a classroom setting. 

Key Experience/ Characteristics preferred for the Escort Custody Officer / Prisoner Custody Officer & Drivers role :-

Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Should be a calm, caring and patient individual 
The ability to work well under pressure and to tight time deadlines
Must be able to commute to Smethwick and have a valid UK Driving Licence (C1 Licence highly desirable)
Must be Physical fit and able to use force and restrain when required
Flexibility with the hours you can work is essential
A positive and practical attitude is essential 

Please not successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview and assessment.

Due to the nature of this role and working with young offenders, our client has vetting process which would require candidates to undergo a DBS check and disclose personal and financial information. 

Does this sound like you? If yes then please hit the apply now button.

You will then be sent to an online questionnaire to support your CV and application, please fill in the details and we will be in touch to advise you of the next steps 


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