HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

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HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

Post by RDX » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:31 pm

Hi there!

I'm seeking for honest advice regarding a recent decision that I have to make...

I received the call a few weeks ago, and I will be starting POELT soon.

The thing is that my chosen establishment is HMP Brixton, but I've received an email giving me the chance to be transferred to HMP Wandsworth. (I'm talking about being transferred to work there, not talking about POELT training centres).

I would love to hear opinions from experienced staff and people actually deployed there (especially Prison Officers), as I can't find much info about what is like working in both prisons.

I know that Wandsworth is a Cat B, and Brixton Cat C, and that Parking at Brixton is a struggle depending on your shift, but apart from that... Can anyone tell me a bit more about the pros/cons of each jail? (atmosphere, danger, facilities, colleagues...).

Many thanks and have a lovely day!

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22/07/2017 --> Fam Visit
05/08/2017 --> RAD
14/09/2017 --> Vetting Starts
28/12/2017 --> OH Assist Telephone Interview
09/01/2018 --> The Call
23/04/2018 --> POELT

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Re: HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

Post by jana10 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:39 pm

I got the same email earlier today! Was just about to make the same post as you when I saw yours.
My mate who has been working at scrubs for the last two years says wandsworth is a right mess
My girlfriend just messaged me back saying the reviews of wandsworth are much worse than brixton as well so I have already emailed Brixton back saying I would prefer to stay put with them.. :slno:
13/06/17 - passed online test
14/07/17 fam visit
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Re: HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

Post by Alam77 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:05 pm

I have visited the Wandworth prison on a Familiarisation day and the lady who took us around was very nice and friendly. Also parking as good so i would choose Wandsworth.

Also depend on how long it would take you to get there plus where you live. With Wandsworth it's more central so it's better in my opinion with less traffic to worry about when compared to South London.
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Fam' Day 10-8-17
RAD 18-9-17
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Re: HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

Post by legionnaire » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:20 pm

I have been round both, staff at Brixton were super friendly and easy to talk to. Atmosphere felt amazing was really enjoying it there. Ultimtely i chose a different prison for a bit more of a challenge but everywhere i went and everyone i spoke to said stay clear of Wandsworth and my honest impression from visting was it was not an inner london prison i wanted to work at.

But that is based on the tours and talking to a few people at other institutions who may have been biased trying to recruit for themselves. But i was not personally comfortable there.

At the end of it a prison is a prison but if you’re looking for a bit less danger and some friendly staff i can attest to brixton giving me that impression. But that’s the best i can offer, hope it helps!

Edit: bad spelling! Sorry!

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Re: HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

Post by percival72 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:57 pm

I had the same email today as well!!

Brixton Staff on familiarisation day were really friendly and it looked a good place to work. I have asked to visit Wandsworth for a tour before I make up my mind.

Apparantly Wandsworth is going to become a remand prison? I will be asking lots of questions on visit.

Anyone else start POELT on 5th Feb? 1st week at establishment then Wandsworth for the course?
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Re: HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

Post by RDX » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:03 pm

Many thanks for all the replies! I really appreciate all of them.

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22/07/2017 --> Fam Visit
05/08/2017 --> RAD
14/09/2017 --> Vetting Starts
28/12/2017 --> OH Assist Telephone Interview
09/01/2018 --> The Call
23/04/2018 --> POELT

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Re: HELP!! HMP Wandsworth or HMP Brixton

Post by manc-apollo » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:43 pm

Brixton everyday of the week!!!!

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