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Justice Operational Programme

New for this year is our Justice Operational Programme. In the UK we manage critical custodial services across the justice system on behalf of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  We operate six adult prisons in the UK along with a fleet of nearly 200 specialist cellular and multi-purpose vehicles to escort on average 24,000 prisoners per month between 67 courts, 24 prisons and 131 police stations.

To truly understand how to run these types of contracts you need to spend time on the frontline of the service. So you’ll get to experience what it’s like to be a Custody Officer, undertaking the full 10 week programme including how to control and restrain prisoners, and completing the same training as a Custody Officer. Once you’ve spent time as a Custody Officer you’ll then get to grips with the strategy and processes needed to keep these services safe, secure and with a focus on rehabilitation.

You'll be part of a cohort of operational graduates across the business and whilst most of your operational management development will be through on-the-job learning, you will also join them on a wide variety of training opportunities. This will further develop your skills and capabilities and set you up for success as you build your career pathway to becoming a future leader in a Prison or the Prisoner Escort and Custody Service.

Due to the nature of the programme, you’ll be spending the majority of your time on site at HMP Ashfield and a Prisoner Escort vehicle base. It would also be beneficial for you to hold a driving licence and have access to a vehicle. 

The placements

Prisoner Escort and Custody Service (PECS)

Ashfields, Bristol, BS11 8HT

We provide safe and secure Prisoner Escort Services, moving people quickly and efficiently between prisons or police stations and court appearances. We also provide Court Services to many of the most high profile courts in the UK. 

HMP Ashfield

Pucklechurch, Bristol, BS16 9QJ

HMP Ashfield is a category C adult male facility near Bristol that holds 400 convicted prisoners serving sentences for sexual offences. Serco has been responsible for operating the prison since 2005 and today employs around 200 staff on site.


To get a flavour for both of the environments that you will be experiencing in the Prison and Prisoner Escort and Custody Services then click on the Custody Officer Career Assistant link below. This will help you understand the different situations you may have exposure to whilst you develop on the programme.