The Escort Officer Safer Detention Foundation Course

The three week course is designed to meet the training requirements for Designated Escort Officers employed to provide prisoner escort and custody services (PECS) by the Private Security Industry. The training encompasses the escorting of detainees between police custody suites, courts and prisons as well as ‘Street to Suite’ operations.

The course, which is mapped to identified National Occupational Standards (NOS), has been developed by individuals who have over 25 years experience as both custody officers and custody officer trainers. 
Its content includes:-
  • Tuition relating to all relevant legislation, including Part IV PACE 1984 and PACE Codes C
  • Training to the standards introduced by ’Authorised Professional Practice’ issused by the College of Policing
  • A detailed examination of the role of the Escort Officer and their ‘Duty of Care’ under Human Rights and Health & Safety legislation.
  • Training to meet staff’s legal obligation under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
  • All Risk Assessment and Care Plan processes including the completion of   PER Forms
  • Care and supervision of detainees in transit, in court cell suites, and in court docks.
  • Safe, secure and efficient driving whilst in transit.
  • Initial Control & Restraint training to NPCC recommended standards, including Communication Skills training to both defuse and manage conflict.
  • Initial First Aid training to NPCC recommended standards.
  • How to respond to ‘Adverse Incidents’, deaths in transit, and criminal activity intended to release detainees from legal custody.
The course is classroom based and incorporates practical exercises designed to both consolidate the learning and to enable the students to apply their knowledge and skills.
Following the successful completion of the final day’s practical assessment, students are provided with a specifically designed development portfolio to take with them into the workplace. Here, student Escort Officers will spend several weeks with a mentor, being assessed against the required knowledge and skills. Students will complete their portfolios with evidence supporting their competence, prior to being ‘signed off’ as suitable to perform the role.
The programme satisfies the requirements for ‘Adequate Training’ under The Police Reform Act 2002, and enables Chief Officers to designate students as Escort Officers.
The whole programme is underpinned with additional instruction and knowledge obtained from our own E-learning Continuing Professional Development section on our website. (Please see the separate section on our Homepage for more details)