Custody Officer

at New Zealand Police
Published August 24, 2023
Location Timaru, New Zealand
Category Other  
Job Type Full-time  


Custody Officer New Zealand Police location Canterbury. Salary starting from $67,873.00.

Company description New Zealand Police is working with the community to make New Zealanders be safe and feel safe. With over 13,000 staff, we provide policing services 24 hours a day, every day. We operate by land, sea and air, manage over 860,000 emergency calls a year and are always actively preventing crime and crashes.

We're working towards specific goals and targets that highlight our intent to work collaboratively with iwi and communities, other government sectors and business partners to deliver ‘Our Business' and achieve long-term change.

About the role New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for preventing crime and enhancing community safety. It works in partnership with individuals, communities, businesses, and other public sector agencies towards the vision of making New Zealand the safest country. Police is the government's largest front-line response agency with around 15,000 staff in large and small communities all over New Zealand and in liaison and policing development roles overseas. Our Court Escort team are seeking a motivated individual to work in the Christchurch Custody Unit.

The role of the Authorised Officer is to ensure the safe, secure, and humane containment and transportation of detainees within the Police Custody environment. A Custody environment is any location where a person is in police custody, including cells, courtrooms, prisons, hospitals, and the transit between locations.

You will be responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the detainee, monitoring their behaviour and state of mind, providing the appropriate care, and ensuring professional standards are continuously met.

Court Escort duties include, but is not limited to, prisoner management, both in the custody suite and within a court environment, risk management, with an emphasis on keeping staff and prisoners safe from harm, developing and maintaining interagency relationships, data entry and ensuring legislative compliance.

This role is not for the faint hearted and will require someone who is confident, open-minded with attention to detail and willing to follow stringent safety procedures.

The successful applicant will have the following skills and attributes strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Resilience and perseverance, with the ability to de-escalate situations in a calm and professional manner. Strong attention to detail, accurate and precise, with the ability to record and prepare information such as statements for court.

Duty of care, understanding the welfare, health, safety, and level of care required for detainees. Strong team player, reliable, trustworthy, flexible to work shifts, weekends, public holidays. Decisive, cool, calm, and collected, can think on your feet, using your initiative and work well under pressure. Good computer skills and are comfortable learning new systems, as you will be required to input and update data accurately in Police systems, accurate typing abilities are essential.

What you'll bring being part of the Police whänau is about being our best to ensure our communities are safe and feel safe. Our Core Competencies provide a shared understanding of the behaviours, leadership and technical competence required for success at each level of Police. Whilst we are looking for skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the role, we also place high importance on your state of mind, the alignment of your values with ours, your ability to contribute to and build high performing teams, and the way that you lead yourself or others.

Minimum requirements full (clean) NZ Driver's License with the ability to drive automatic and manual vehicles. (Class 2 license is an advantage). New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Residency. Pass a pre-employment drug test and health checks. Good command of the English language. Strong level of fitness - you will be required to meet the standards of our Physical Assessment.

This role is set at Individual Contributor level, this means your key purpose is "to deliver or enable others to deliver Our Business".

About us our mission is to prevent crime and harm through exceptional policing. Our vision is to be the safest country. Our purpose is to ensure everybody can be safe and feel safe.

Working flexibly your wellbeing inside and outside of work is important to us. We're open to discussing flexible working options that work for both you and the business.

Salary this position is covered by a collective agreement and salary will commence between $67,873 and $78,713 dependent on skills and experience relevant to the role.

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