If you have ever considered joining the Police Service, but don’t want to become a Police Officer, one of the roles available is that of Police Custody Officer. The role of a Police Custody Officer involves supporting Police Officers with overseeing and managing individuals who have been arrested and placed into police custody. They are responsible for the welfare and safety of detainees, and for ensuring that their rights are respected while they are in custody.
The duties of a Police Custody Officer may include:
- Receiving and processing new detainees, including searching them for weapons or contraband and ensuring that their personal belongings are properly catalogued and stored.
- Conducting regular welfare checks on detainees, including providing them with food, water, and medical attention as necessary.
- Supervising the movement of detainees within the police station or holding facility, and ensuring that they are transported safely and securely to court appearances or other locations as required.
- Recording and maintaining accurate records of all interactions with detainees, including any incidents or complaints.
- Providing support and assistance to police officers and other staff as needed, such as helping to maintain order and security within the facility.
- Liaising with legal representatives, social workers, and other professionals as required, to ensure that detainees receive appropriate support and care.
To apply to become a Police Custody Officer, individuals must typically:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia
- Hold a current driving licence
You will need to have a good character and reputation and further qualifications may also be required, depending on the state you are applying to.