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Detention Officer

Is a non-warranted officer of a police force who assists the police and custody sergeant in processing people who have been arrested and detained in a police custody suite. They also have responsibilities relating to the care and welfare of a detained person. West Mercia Police have contracted out this service to the current provider Tascor.


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The duties of a Detention Officer commonly include:

  • Searching, or assisting in searching arrested persons
  • Performing regular scheduled checks on detained persons in cells
  • Taking photographs; DNA samples and fingerprints of the detained person
  • Assisting custody sergeants with general admin and the running of the suite
  • Providing meals to those detained