Prison Officer Eligibility Criteria 2015

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As a prison officer, you would be tasked with the responsibility of supervising both young and adult inmates in prisons, remand centres and young offenders institutions. This is a very difficult job, which requires the ability to remain calm in high pressure situations and make quick decisions. You’ll have to deal with angry and abusive prisoners, who will test your patience to the limit. If you are someone who feels well equipped to handle all of this, and want to aid the justice system, then this could be the perfect job for you. In order to become a prison officer, you must first meet a number of set requirements:

  • Age. You must be over the age of 18.
  • Nationality. It is essential that you are one of the following: A UK National, a commonwealth citizen, a British protected citizen, a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or a Non-EEA national with family members who are EEA National’s from another member state, who has moved to the UK with an approved purpose.
  • Immigration Status. You must have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and be free from any immigration control restrictions.
  • Employment. In order to apply, you must not be currently employed by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). If you are someone who has previously worked for NOMS, you can only reapply if you: were originally recruited by fair means, successfully completed probation in your previous appointment and were not dismissed for attendance or poor performance.
  • Disability. Prison Officers are required to be fully mobile and be prepared to serve at any establishment, as well as work night shifts. Applicants with disabilities who still meet the minimum criteria for the role, can apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).
  • Political. No person employed as a Prison Officer can be a member of: The National Front, The British National Party, Combat 18, or any other group or organisation promoting racism.
  • Medical. You will need to meet a minimum standard of eyesight in both eyes, as well as having a blood pressure that measures at no higher than 170/80, and a good level of fitness.
  • Financial. Applicants who are subject to undischarged bankruptcy will not be considered.
  • Criminal History. Any of the following may damage your chances, and will need to be clarified in detail on your application form prior to submission:-Past or current warnings, cautions and reprimands.-Past or current criminal convictions.

    -Current probationary status

    -Any previous traffic offences.

    -Any previous penalty notices, conditional or absolute discharges.

    -Any previous or ongoing criminal investigations.

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16 thoughts on “Prison Officer Eligibility Criteria 2015

  1. jade baello says:

    Nice ideas – I was enlightened by the info . Does someone know where my assistant would be able to get a fillable a form copy to fill in ?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Tracy,

      There is no upper limit as such, but unfortunately your age would likely count against you in this case. It’s worth applying though, as you might still be successful!

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  2. Mike says:

    I was medically discharged for PTSD from the Army, it does not affect my ability to work or to work under stressful conditions.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mike,

      You may be questioned on this during the selection process, but as long as you can provide the prison service with suitable answers, it should be fine =].

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      As part of the Prison Officer selection process, you will need to pass a health screening and a fitness test. It’s likely that the prison service will assess the seriousness of your condition against the requirements for the role – as to whether this proves an issue is ultimately down to them, but it is unlikely to rule you out completely.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • David chapman says:

      I’m 63 I have applied and passed the on line tests and booked my arc will I be accepted or will my age stop me progressing

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Darren,

      As long as you can pass the prison officer selection tests, and prove yourself capable of performing in the role, then this shouldn’t be an issue. During your Prison Officer Entry Level Training, you receive a full prison officer wage.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      It would depend on if you can pass the physical tests – but unfortunately yes it is likely that your age could count against you during the application. The normal retirement age for Prison Officers is 60.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

  3. Alan Yates says:

    I’m 75, very fit.and looking for a new career.
    Will I be considered too old or would it be negated by passing a fitness test.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      Unfortunately yes it is likely that your age would count against you here – we think the best thing to do would be to contact the prison service directly to see what they say.

      Sincerely,

      The How2Become Team

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