Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are uniformed members of support staff who work to complement and support regular police officers, providing a visible and accessible uniformed presence to improve the quality of life in the community and offer greater public reassurance.
Our PCSOs patrol the streets, building trust and confidence with our communities and helping make people feel safer. Offering job satisfaction and variety every day, not to mention a great salary and benefits, this role enables you to play a key part in reducing the fear of crime.
You will need to be at least 18 years old and have no criminal record; some minor offences may not exclude you, but you should check with us if you are concerned. You should be of good financial standing, too. You will need to have lived in the UK for three years immediately prior to applying (please check with us if you have not). Any tattoos must not cause offence to others, and you’ll need to be able to use a computer.
To pass the medical and fitness checks, you need to:
have 6/36 uncorrected vision or 6/12 corrected in either eye AND 6/6 in both eyes. Laser correction is fine after six weeks, but severe colour vision deficiencies (monochromat)will prevent you from joining
have a body mass index (BMI) between 20 and 29
be able to reach level 5.4 on a 15-metre shuttle run
push at least 34kg on average
pull at least 35kg on average
We recognise our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and welcome applications from people with disabilities, making reasonable adjustments to support our staff. Full eligibility criteria is posted when we advertise for the role, but if you have any doubts as to whether you would pass, please contact us for advice before you apply.
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To become a PCSO, you’ll start by attending an awareness session, followed by completing an application form. If successful, you'll be invited to an assessment day which includes a competency based interview and three psychometric tests (audio checking, verbal comprehension and verbal usage). We will also ask you some medical questions and carry out some background checks to make sure you’re suitable for the role, which will include a job-related fitness test.