New Members

Membership is open to any person employed in any penal or secure establishment or Special Hospital in England Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland as one of the following:

  • A Prison Officer (including Temporary Officers, Prison Auxiliaries, O.S.G.'s and Night Patrols)
  • A Nursing Grade in penal and secure establishments
  • A non-industrial Stores Grade in the Prison Service
  • Any member of the staff of the Special Hospitals
  • A Prison Custody Officer/Supervisor/Manager - Private Sector
  • A Detention Custody Officer/Supervisor/Manager – Private Sector
  • In-Country-Escorting (ICE) Operational Control Centre (OCC) Staff
  • Individuals in such other categories of employment as may from time to time be approved by Conference 

How to apply

Staff wishing to apply for membership should complete the appropriate online application form below.  Upon completion of your application, you will receive a registration email to confirm we have received your application, and at the point of you receiving your welcome email, you will be a full member of the Prison Officers Association.

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Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.