Criminal Justice

Finding a job

Criminal Justice

Jobs in criminal justice are based around three key areas - client-facing support roles; intelligence and investigation, law enforcement and custodial roles and forensic roles. Once you have an understanding of the area you would like to specialise in, you can target your job search to specific employers and websites. 

Employers who recruit in these areas

  • National Probation Service
  • Community Rehabilitation Companies
  • Charities and NGOs
  • Police Services
  • MI5 and MI6
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Government departments including HM Revenues and Customs and the Serious Fraud Office
  • Commercial scientific analysis providers such as Cellmark and LGC

Where to find criminal justice jobs

Many criminal justice jobs are found through online job boards. These include:

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences' site includes sections on careers and jobs.
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Red Snapper Group

Staffing services provider for law enforcement, offender supervision, regulatory enforcement and counter-fraud work communities.
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The organisation offers a fast-track graduate programme for leadership roles within prisons.
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His Majesty's Prison and Probation Service

Information about roles within HM Prison Service, including prison officer, operational support and instructor roles.
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National Probation Service

Offers specific information on Probation Officer training opportunities.
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Jobsite for public sector jobs.
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Community Care

The Community Care website includes a job section with opportunities in social care and social work.
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Sanctuary Personnel

Sanctuary Personnel is an accredited and award-winning recruitment consultancy. They recruit to social care, probation, youth offending and substance misuse roles and offer ongoing career support.
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Useful social media

Follow X or Facebook feeds to receive news and information about current projects for the areas/organisations that you are interested in. Most of the recruiters listed above have an X feed and a Facebook page, so this is a good way to start networking with an array of people.


Tips for finding a job

  • Keep up to date with criminal justice news and trends by following the professional bodies on Twitter and Facebook, this information might help you identify opportunities to network and tap into the hidden jobs market.
  • Keep your online job search flexible as some employers might use different titles to describe the same job role.
  • If you are keen to focus on a specific sector within criminal justice check out the specialist websites for these areas for current vacancies.


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