Escort Officer

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family Custody
Code OPS-CUST-SD-Escort Officer v1.0

Role Purpose

Responsible for the secure detention, care and welfare of detained persons whilst transporting them to custody or other locations on behalf of arresting officers.

Key Accountabilities

  • Undertake risk assessments of detainees to determine the most appropriate method of transport, the number of escorts and the level of restraint required to ensure the safety of those involved.
  • Recognise and review all factors relating to the dignity and wellbeing of detainees to ensure these issues are given due consideration at all stages of their detention and release or transfer.
  • Search vehicles before placing detainees inside and in their presence to ensure their safety and avoid the risk of connecting property in the vehicle with the detainee.
  • Supervise and monitor detainees while in transit recognising their needs with respect to equality, diversity and human rights and in line with PACE requirements and associated Codes of Practice.
  • Inform the Communications Centre of the arrest and provide information regarding the detainee’s condition to ensure that relevant support is provided at the custody suite.
  • Operate vehicles safely and in accordance with road traffic regulations to ensure the safety of the detainee, custody staff and other road users.
  • Search vehicles on arrival at the police station or other venue in the presence of the detainee in case the detainee has left any property or evidence in the vehicle to adhere to the provisions of the law.


All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Prior education and experience:

  • Successfully achieved employment through recruitment (local force criteria).
  • Must hold a full and valid UK driving licence applicable for driving appropriate vehicles for transporting detainee, with any DVLA endorsements highlighted to the Head of Driving Risk.


  • Good communication skills with the ability to listen to others
  • Able to produce concise reports or other documents
  • Skilled in the use of use standard IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements
  • Able to use resources efficiently in own role and to comply with financial rules and procedures
  • Able to break down a straightforward problem into component parts and determine appropriate action
  • Able to interpret and apply guidance to a specific activity
  • Able to work effectively in a team to achieve shared objectives, demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support as required.
  • Able to review own performance objectively and to take steps to maintain and enhance competence and professional standards appropriate to the role
  • Able to appropriately prioritise and plan own work.
  • Able to proactively develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Complete all annual and mandatory training including for example, fitness tests, personal safety training, first aid and protecting information.
  • Personal responsibility for CPD.
  • Keep up to date with changing legislation and how this may affect you in your role.

Professional Registration/Licenses


Links to other Profiles

  • Custody Inspector
  • PACE Inspector
  • Custody Sergeant
  • Detention Officer
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