Border Force- Border Force Officer

Job summary

Please note – You must be over 18, entitled to UK citizenship and hold a full valid UK manual driving licence for these roles. 

The Home Office works to build a safe, fair, and prosperous UK. We achieve this through our work on counterterrorism, policing, fire, crime, nationality, and immigration policy. 

As part of the Home Office, Border Force is responsible for securing the UK border 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Around 10,000 people work for us, with the majority working in frontline roles in airports and seaports across the UK and overseas.  

This is a great opportunity to join a team that really makes a difference. You will receive comprehensive law enforcement training and depending on the location and team you join, will work at an airport or seaport in a frontline role processing passengers, searching baggage, people, and vehicles.  The job is varied and rewarding and as part of the Home Office and wider Civil Service there are plenty of opportunities to develop your career with us.   

You can find out more about Home Office careers here.

Job description

Border Force check all passengers and freight arriving in the UK by air and sea and conduct intelligence-led searches for prohibited, counterfeit or restricted goods such as drugs, firearms, weapons, cash, tobacco, and alcohol. We also support the department’s wider agenda in high-profile areas such as counter terrorism, tackling organised crime, modern slavery, and human trafficking. This is some of the most important and challenging work in Government and its impact can be felt in communities across the UK. 

You may be involved in the following types of activity:  

  • Operating immigration and customs controls at points of entry to the UK, checking passengers have the correct permissions and documentation to enter.  
  • Identifying vulnerable adults and children, prioritising their safety and welfare and referring to the appropriate agencies.  
  • Interviewing passengers, undertaking investigations, and making decisions on whether they qualify for entry to the UK or fall to be refused under the immigration rules.  
  • Identifying and searching people, goods, and vehicles to establish if a customs offence has been committed.   
  • Using law enforcement powers to arrest people involved in border offences, preserving evidence, managing the detention of individuals, and liaising with other law enforcement partners.    
  • Managing international trade at the border, examining goods and processing documentation.  

These roles are based in Border Force North Region which covers a large geographical area, spans four countries, encompassing 78 ports and has responsibility for the land boundary between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the UK’s busiest Common Travel Area route between Dublin and Holyhead. In the region we have 17 major airports including the third largest in the UK in Manchester, eight large maritime port and the most dispersed general maritime and general aviation sites in the UK.

Our ports cover a range of Border Security activity – immigration, customs and international trade and the work you will be doing will depend on the team and location you join with successful applicants allocated to teams by business need.  

For full details, including how to apply, please visit: Border Force – Border Force Officer – North Region – Civil Service Jobs – GOV.UK