Switchboard Operator

  • Location
    Plymouth, Devon
  • Salary
    £ 10.29 - £ 12.38 / Hourly
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Call Centre and Customer Service
  • External Reference
  • Category
    Public Sector - Public Sector

Switchboard Operator

Articulate and empathetic individuals needed to join D&C Police as part of their summer call handling team, from Mid June until early September

Working a shift pattern covering 7 days a week (hours between 07.00 and 01.00) these roles will require flexibility but offer an excellent opportunity to get experience within D&C Police.


  • Handling inbound telephone calls, providing information, guidance and advice to a range of queries from members of the public.

  • Accurately recording details of the conversations.

  • Making fast decisions under pressure using the National Decision Model (NDM) to assess Threat, Harm, Risk, Investigation, Vulnerability, Engagement (THRIVE)

  • Deal appropriately with callers who may be distressed, emotional, vulnerable, drunk, suicidal or in crisis and decide on the right course of action.


  • Excellent keyboard skills (able to capture critical information and record it accurately)

  • Excellent oral, listening and written communication skills

  • Previous call centre, customer service or control room experience highly advantageous

  • Emotional resilience when handling disturbing or difficult evidence, circumstances etc

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to work within Devon & Cornwall Police Force - and as such have access to future permanent roles on offer via their intranet site

  • Ability to apply for 'Blue Light' discount card

  • Numerous benefits available through Adecco Boost (including eye sight tests, discounted vouchers, well being centre)

  • £12.38 for Monday to Friday hours, £17.53 for weekend hours and £22.67/hour for Bank Holidays

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain first hand experience within a critical section of D&C Police as part of the summer policing needs.

If you are a student returning for the summer looking for work - a great employer to add to your CV!

If you are looking for permanent work within the police, this is a great way to gain experience that could be pivotal when applying for future permanent posts.

All successful applicants will be subject to stringent vetting and referencing prior to commencing work.

Want to know more, then don't delay - call Tricia or Megan on 01392 260634 and we will be happy to discuss requirements further.

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To speak to a recruitment expert please contact Patricia Vernon