Welcome and introduction to Border Force

Sir Charles MontgomeryThe role of a Border Force Officer is central to maintaining the security and integrity of the UK border. It is also essential in promoting the national economy, through facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and trade across the border.

Border Force expects the highest possible standards of professionalism and teamwork from its staff and adherence to its core values: Commitment; Discipline; Respect and Moral Courage. It requires its people to operate in sometimes difficult and pressurised environments and to make well balanced decisions. It selects through a stringent and robust recruitment process only those candidates who display those qualities.

For those who meet these demanding standards, it is a hugely rewarding and very satisfying career – and one that offers the opportunity for increasing responsibility and reward.

Sir Charles Montgomery, Director General, Border Force

About Us - who are we and what do we do?

Border Force is an operational command within the Home Office responsible for managing the UK border control by enforcing immigration and customs regulations. This is some of the most important and challenging work in Government as it both protects and enhances the UK economy.

Border Force has five operational regions: North, Central, Heathrow, South, and South & Europe. The regions have responsibility for securing the border 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the UK's ports, airports, postal depots and rail. This includes the Eurostar from Brussels and Paris to St Pancras International and the Eurotunnel from Coquelles to Cheriton. We have provided a map of our many locations and operational command in the Candidate Information Pack.

The UK border is also protected by a fleet of sea patrol vessels, known as cutters, which carry out maritime enforcement, surveillance and interception. The cutters are responsible for detecting prohibited and restricted goods, immigration crime and fiscal fraud by boarding and searching all types of vessels and taking part in multi-agency maritime operations in both UK and international waters.

Our postal depots (hubs) are a unique 'factory type' environment, where Border Force have specific functions including the raising duty and VAT on parcels entering the UK and targeting, examining and subsequent seizure of parcels containing prohibited or restricted items entering the UK.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/border-force/about or refer to the Candidate Information Pack attached to this website.

Our Aim, Vision and Values

Our strategic aim is to secure the United Kingdom's border and promote national prosperity. Our vision is to create the best Border Force in the world by delivering five strategic objectives:

  • To deter and prevent individuals and goods from entering the UK that would harm the national interest
  • To facilitate the legitimate movement of individuals and trade to and from the UK
  • To protect and collect customs revenues from trade crossing the border
  • To provide excellent service to customers and protect the vulnerable in need of our care
  • To provide demonstrable effectiveness, efficiency and value for money.

The Border Force values are hugely important to achieving our vision:

  • Commitment
  • Discipline
  • Respect
  • Moral Courage

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