Career outlook for border force officer or assistant officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would check that people coming into the UK do not bring in anything that is harmful or is illegal in the country.
You would check and search vehicles arriving at UK borders for illegal immigrants – people who are not allowed to enter the UK. You’d arrange for them to go to a detention centre where they could apply for asylum if they wish and stay until they leave the country.
You’d look for illegal goods like drugs and investigate people who are trying to avoid paying taxes or customs duties by smuggling money or goods into the country.
- Question passengers at airports and seaports
- Ask people about specific details relating to their stay
- Search vehicles, ships and planes for illegal immigrants, drugs and other goods that could cause harm to people in the UK
- Search people for drugs and other goods which are illegal in the UK
- Check whether people trying to come into the country are involved in illegal activities
You could arrest people who were a danger to the UK or were here illegally. You would work closely with the police.
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