Belfast Telegraph

Looking for a new challenge? Find out more about a career with the Northern Ireland Prison Service

Do you want to play a part in building a safer community by supporting and challenging people in custody to change? Are you ready for change of career or a new challenge?

If so, the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) is recruiting for two new roles.

What roles are currently available?

The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) is currently recruiting for Prisoner Custody Officers (PCO) as Drivers/Escorts.

Where will the roles be based?

PCO - Driver/Escort (20 & 35 HOURS POSITIONS) - Based at courts across Northern Ireland.

What will my responsibilities be?

Prisoner Custody Officers play an important role in helping the Department of Justice to build a safer community in Northern Ireland.

The main duties of a PCO include:

  • The secure supervision of those in custody while on court premises.
  • Under taking designated duties in court within the court proceedings (to include the roles of dock officer, assistant dock officer, etc.
  • Completion of the necessary documentation in connection with the conveyance of prisoners to and from courts.
  • Secure escort and supervision of prisoners when in transit between establishments and court venues.
  • The secure supervision of prisoners while on all external escorts, including hospital and PSNI productions and UK and international transfers.
  • Driving appropriate secure vehicles in a safe manner.
  • Adherence to safer custody policies and procedures; and responding to all emergencies in accordance with local contingency plans, operational instructions and section seven of the Security Manual.

A full and detailed job description can be found at – you can also find out more on twitter @NIPrisons.

What salary is offered for each role?

PCO (20 HOURS): £9,563 - £9,855 per annum

PCO (35 HOURS): £16,735 - £16,247 per annum

Will there be training provided?

All candidates are required to possess the appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to effectively and efficiently perform the duties of a PCO prior to being deployed within their station.

All candidates successful in this competition will be required to complete initial training at the Prison Service College at Hydebank Wood and undertake any other training as required to perform the duties of the post they have been assigned to. Starting time on the 1st day will be 09.00; thereafter start/finish times will be 08.00 – 16.45 but there will be occasions during job-shadowing when these will be subject to change.

You will be required to attend an extensive training programme on appointment this will include training in Use of Force and Control and Restraint Techniques. At the end of this initial training an assessment of your capability to carry out your role in the NIPS will be carried out. If the assessment confirms that you have not achieved the acceptable standard your appointment may be terminated.

Part-time staff must be prepared to work full-time hours to facilitate training requirements and familiarisation in post.

What qualifications do I need to apply for the role?

Applicants must, by the closing date for applications have 5 GCSE’s including English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

Details on providing relevant or equivalent qualifications can be found at

When is the closing date for applications?

Completed Application Forms must be returned no later than 12noon on Friday 14th September 2018.

To apply for either of these roles, click HERE -

NIPS is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

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