Police Community Support Officers
Police Community Support Officers (or PCSOs) are an important part of the policing family.
Our latest recruitment drive to become a PCSO is now closed but watch this space for details about our next round of recruitment. In the meantime you can also check out our following pages for more information about becoming a PCSO:
- Tips to ‘beat the bleep’
- Kitting you out from top to toe
- Criteria, training and benefits
- Frequently asked questions
Often referred to as the eyes and ears of the police on the streets, PCSOs work out in the community, tackling local issues, dealing with anti-social behaviour, engaging with different groups of people and generally supporting police work.
It’s a varied role, and one that requires a genuine interest in helping other people. Community engagement is a big part of the role, so we’re looking for recruits who have a genuine interest in helping other people, and who are good at building relationships.
As a PCSO you will deal with lots of individuals, groups and organisations, so you need great communication skills and the ability to appreciate different perspectives. Come with an open mind!
It is also a problem-solving role, so although you will be part of a team, you’ll get to work on your own initiative. Many of our recruits say that is one of the most rewarding parts of the job – the fact that they can go home feeling they have made a positive difference to someone’s life. Not many posts can give you that kind of job satisfaction.
Visibility is a key part of the PCSO’s job, which means going out on patrol.
PCSOs have to be accessible to members of the public, and available to deter disorder and anti-social behaviour. Being on patrol requires physical and emotional resilience, but for those who enjoy community work, it can be the perfect challenge.