Cathedral Constable - Liverpool Cathedral

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Free on-site parking
Shift rota includes day/night and weekend work based on -

2 day shifts,
2 night shifts
followed by 4 days not on duty.

Flexibility is required

Advertisement closes 9th May
Interviews to take place 20th May

Liverpool Cathedral are looking to recruit three Cathedral Constables to join their existing team.

As role holder you will work collaboratively with the Head Constable and colleagues in order to provide an excellent welcome and security function for the Cathedral and surrounding properties that include: 27 properties within Lady Chapel and Cathedral Close; adjacent student accommodation at Dillistone and Patey Courts; St. James’ House and remote interface with visitors to private accommodation at Arch View Crescent.

As a member of the Constables team you are required to ensure that the department achieves its organisational objectives relating to service standards for security across the precinct, planned income levels in the car park and provision of effective support to other departments across the cathedral to ensure that the whole organisation benefits from the departments work.

As an Attested Constable you will have additional responsibilities in areas including; conflict management, incident response, evidence and crime scene management, arrest and detention, offences against property, people, and public order, and PACE (The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984).


This post is subject to the completion of a confidential self-declaration form and enhanced DBS clearance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working in partnership with the cathedral community, liaising with various departments and individuals ensuring services and special events are carried out in a peaceful environment free from public disruption.
  • To be the first point of encounter and welcome for the many visitors to the Cathedral providing a level of polite and helpful customer service to all so that the organisation is recognised because of it.
  • Ensure that all customer complaints directed at the service you provide are handled in a professional, calm and courteous manner.
  • Provide a visible presence to deter crime and reassure the cathedral community
  • Conduct a minimum of four daily foot patrols per shift of the Cathedral, properties and grounds, dealing effectively with any incidents that arise.
  • Respond to calls and requests to assist at incidents.
  • Diffuse potentially volatile situations with due regard for the safety of all involved
  • Deal sensitively with bereaved and distressed members of the public or those seeking refuge.
  • To discourage unwelcome visitors and if necessary escort them from the Cathedral and grounds.
  • To effectively carry out all duties required of you in the Constables Lodge including:
  • Monitoring CCTV equipment for the Cathedral and Archview Crescent
  • Dealing professionally and politely with customer telephone enquiries
  • Operating the Cathedral alarm system
  • Ensuring all visitors are signed in
  • Maximising income from the Cathedral car park
  • Raising the traffic barrier when requested
  • Recording and dealing with lost or found property

Attestation responsibilities include:

  • Submitting internal crime reports and criminal intelligence reports.
  • Gathering, recording and analysing intelligence to achieve community safety and crime reduction objectives providing crime prevention advice where needed.
  • Developing community knowledge to identify individuals and locations at risk of being involved in crime.
  • Conducting arrests with respect for the human rights, security and health and safety of detained individuals, members of the public, colleagues and self.
  • Recording statements and completing incident note books for presentation to Merseyside Police.
  • Enforcing road traffic procedures and issuing fixed penalties for relevant offences;

General responsibilities include:

  • Take direction on specific duties from senior colleagues both within the constable’s team and the wider cathedral community.
  • To act as key holder for all the premises within the Cathedral.
  • To open the Cathedral each morning turning off alarms; turning on lighting and opening gates and doors in all public access areas.
  • Within in the Cathedral car park you will ensure that:
  • Pay and Display equipment remains fully operational at all times
  • That all traffic entering Cathedral grounds is monitored
  • The car park barrier is controlled only allowing staff, deliveries, permits and people on Cathedral business free admittance.
  • To supervise and assist the movement of cash and other valuables in and around the Cathedral.
  • To be First Aid trained and to attend refresher training as required so that you are qualified to administer appropriate first aid according to the situation.
  • To assist in emergency evacuation of the Cathedral if required.
  • To undertake any Safeguarding training which may be required.

The post holder will undertake other relevant duties and training as may be requested from time to time and commensurate with the role.

Essential requirements

English and Maths at grade C/Level 3 or above

  • Excellent customer services skills
  • Effective team working and working independently
  • Ability to act with tolerance and restraint
  • Ability to use sound judgement
  • Ability to problem solve and work under own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills – both oral and written
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to display strong diplomacy and tact skills
  • An appreciation of the diverse communities we serve
  • Ability to deal professionally and courteously with people at all levels, responding positively to feedback
  • Resilient and calm, particularly when under pressure
  • Confident and assertive
  • Professional and respectful to others
  • Sympathy with the values and ethos of the Church of England
  • Full understanding of hours of work and unsociable hours

Desirable requirements

  • Attested skills
  • Previous experience of working within the armed forces, police or security industry
  • Working within a community environment
  • Previous experience of handling cash

Liverpool Cathedral is Grade I listed, the largest cathedral in the UK and one of the largest in the world. Historic England calls us: “the last undoubted masterpiece of the Gothic craftsmanship, in England.” We are a vibrant, active place that the people of the city, regions and world encounter in many ways. As a Cathedral we face out into Liverpool and we see our mission as engaging with the city and the needs and welfare of its people whether they hold a Christian faith or not.

Liverpool Cathedral sits at the centre of five converging conservation areas and offers one of the greatest views over Liverpool’s UNESCO world heritage site. Our building is considered to be the crowning achievement of globally renowned architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who was also responsible for British icons such as Battersea Power Station and the red telephone box. We house the Grand Organ, the largest pipe organ in the UK and one of the largest instruments in the world. We have an internationally renowned choir, and our art collection includes work by artists such as Tracey Emin, Elisabeth Frink, and Charles Lutyens. We have won (or been shortlisted for) numerous Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards, and prior to COVID-19 we were one of the most visited Cathedrals in the UK, welcoming over 800,000 visitors each year.

Liverpool Cathedral is proud to be a place of Encounter, built by the People, for the People, to the Glory of God.