Sergeant – Custody Officer (Countywide)
Type: Permanent Location: South East Organisation: Kent Police

Applications are sought from substantive Sergeants who would be interested in becoming a Custody Officer. Over the next 12 months, it is anticipated there will be a number of vacancies within some of our 7 custody suites.

The role of a Custody Officer has changed significantly and Custody as a whole is going through a number of exciting changes, both on a local and national level. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual seeking development, with opportunities to work with partners, lead change and improve the effectiveness of investigations.

The main responsibilities of the Custody Officer are:

  • The safe management of the custody suite, acting in compliance with legislation, authorised professional practice, policy and the Kent Police Custody Mission.

  • Maintaining high standards by overseeing self-inspection of the custody suite, contributing to the Central Custody inspection regime.

  • Work as part of a Central Custody team that contributes to Force performance, with specific emphasis on vulnerability. This includes ensuring an efficient detention process and achieving the right investigative outcome.

  • Ensuring completion of interventions and referrals for vulnerable detainees.

  • Supervision of Designated Detention Officers, including standards, performance, attendance and development.

  • Manage collaborative working arrangements with internal and external stakeholders, including defence solicitors, appropriate adults, interpreters, Independent Custody Visitors, Victim Justice Unit.

This is a challenging role managing high levels of risk. Candidates need to demonstrate resilience, strong communication skills, team working and the ability to make effective decisions under pressure. Also evidence of leading change would be desirable.

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For any further information please contact Chief Inspector Nick Finnis on 200 293 or 07870252361.

Alternatively, if you require any assistance or additional information regarding this opportunity please contact the Business Centre on 01245 452833 or by email

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Some roles may require additional vetting and security checks, depending on your current vetting level you may be requested to complete vetting information forms during the process.

Essex and Kent Police welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender, sex (or gender), employment status.

If you have a disability or health condition that requires adjustments during any element of the selection process please provide us with details of the adjustment you would require at the earliest opportunity. Where appropriate we will make adjustments to the selection process, working arrangements and/or the working environment provided it is reasonable in all the circumstances so to do.

This post is open to British citizens, nationals of the EEA or commonwealth citizens who have no time limit on their stay in the UK, and who have lived in the UK continuously for the past three years. Essex Police and Kent Police are an equal opportunities employer. Communications may be recorded for monitoring purposes.


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