PS Custody Officer (Transferee)

Transferee Campaign
Full Time
Criminal Justice
Bridgwater Police Centre- TA6 4RR, Keynsham, Police Centre- BS31 1SX, Bristol, Patchway Police Centre- BS34 6PY

£43,965 - £46,227

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  

31/12/2022, 23:55

“Are you looking for a change? Are you looking to relocate to a vibrant, beautiful part of the country? If so, this may be the opportunity you have been looking for! 

We are seeking Sergeants with excellent leadership skills to work as Custody Sergeants in one of our three custody units; Patchway, Keynsham and Bridgwater.

Applicants will undertake a course and a period of inhouse tutorship/mentoring program prior to being accepted for the role. Sergeant who have previously carried out the custody role may well be exempt from this requirement. Dependent on experience and previous service etc.

You will be expected to determine the appropriate course of action for each detained person and ensure a secure and safe environment whilst allowing an expeditious investigation in accordance with PACE, Codes of Practice, consistent with the principals of the CPS guidelines, Home Officer policy, force policy and any other relevant legislation.

Using your excellent communications skills will enable you to provide appropriate liaison with external agencies and investigating officers, by implementing all relevant guidelines or legislation. This position will also require the successful officer to compile and analyse the evidence presented and maintain appropriate entries on records producing routine and ad hoc reports as necessary.

You will also supervise 2 to 3 Detention Officers ensuring effective performance of the running of the Custody function.

There may well be opportunities to carry out the Acting Custody Inspector roles for qualified Sergeants showing the relevant drive, leadership and professionalism. 

For further information regarding the role, please contact head of custody C/Insp Will Barlow (


Important information regarding transfers to Avon & Somerset.

In line with the National embargo which has been agreed by the Chief Constables of all Constabularies we are unable to accept the transfer of any police officer into Avon & Somerset between 31st December 2022 & 31st March 2023.

Considering the time in which it takes to action a transfer and the validity of pre-appointment checks upon commencement with us we will unfortunately not able to fully progress any applications we receive after 11th July 2022 and will follow the below timeline.

11th July 2022 – 25th September 2022 - Any applications received during this time will be reviewed and shortlisted within 2 weeks of submission.  If successful, you will be invited to an interview.  If unsuccessful you will be notified after shortlisting.

W/C 26th September 2022 - Interviews to take place.

W/C 3rd October 2022  Vetting will commence for successful applicants.

17th October 2022 onwards - Pre-appointment checks will commence.  Held at HQ in Portishead – Biometrics, substance misuse, Medical & Fitness.

17th April 2022 - Proposed course start date

If you are not yet ready to transfer or would like more information please contact or take a look at our website - Police transferees | Avon and Somerset Police 

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Important information before you commence an application (for external applicants)

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained
  •  Tattoos - you will also be requested to provide photos and describe of any visible tattoos you have

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving licence including photos. 

Important information before you commence an application- for ALL applicants

The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes.

Please ensure you allow time to complete your application fully as part complete pages do not save.  

If the role has evidence questions you may wish to save these remotely and paste your answers into the boxes at time of submission. 

This vacancy is closed to applications.