- knowledge of public safety and security
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of English language
- customer service skills
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
In this role you could:
- check travel documents and passports
- question passengers about their reasons for visiting the UK
- search people, luggage and vehicles
- write case notes
- work with the police and immigration officials on operations
- attend court as a witness
You may need to wear a uniform.
You could work at a border post.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You'll get continuous training during your first 6 to 12 months. Once you've passed your probationary period, you'll have the full responsibilities of a Border Force officer.
With experience you could become a team leader, or move into a management position. You could also use your skills to train and work with new staff.