Written for Venue, July 2010
On the job…
Prison Custody Officer
What does a PCO do?
I escort people in custody to court from prisons and police stations, and work within the court.
Why did you apply for the job?
I was looking for a change from sitting in an office all day!
What’s the pay like?
Depends on the hours.
What are the hours like?
It varies, but it can be a long day. Mainly I travel in the South West and South Wales, but I have been known to go to Carlisle!
Every day is different. I don’t know where I’ll be going until that morning.
Getting up for a 5:45 start; not good in the winter.
What did you want to be as a child?
It changed every week - a vet, a mechanic…
If you could do any other job, what would it be?
I’d like to work with animals on a game reserve.