Join the POA

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
  • Individuals in such other categories of employment as may from time to time be approved by Conference
  • A Prison Custody Officer - Private Sector


Staff wishing to apply for membership should contact the Secretary of the Local Branch Committee and complete the appropriate application form. Local Branch Secretaries will ensure application forms are completed correctly and will, without delay, forward the form to P.O.A. Headquarters.


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POA Membership Department,
Cronin House,
245 Church Street,
N9 9HW


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POA Membership Department,
Calder House,
21 Calder Road,
EH11 3PF


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Northern Ireland
Castell House
116 Ballywalter Rd .
Millisle Co Down
BT22 2HS

If required the Membership Department will then forward the form to your Branch Secretary for approval.

For more information contact the Prison Officers' Association as follows:

London Tel. No. 020 8803 0255
Leeds Tel No. 0113 242 8833
Northern Ireland Tel No. 028 9186 1928
Scotland Tel No. 0131 443 8105

Recruitment Material

POA A5 Recruitment booklet.pdf

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DL recruitment leaflet.pdf

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