Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
Policing is a career like no other. Our police officers, police staff and volunteers show courage, teamwork and compassion on a daily basis to make a real difference to people’s lives in the communities they serve.
As a police community support officer (PCSO), you will be working at the heart of the local community, providing a visible and accessible uniformed presence to improve the quality of life and offer public reassurance. As well as making a real difference, you’ll benefit from great variety in what you do every day, a good salary and benefits. Some people join the constabulary to be a career PCSO and others join as it opens up opportunities to develop skills and experience needed to serve in other roles such as a police officer.
Do you have the skills we are looking for?
We look for all kinds of skills, because we know it takes all kinds of people to protect the public. Problem solving, compassion, resilience, respect, courage and teamwork. These are the qualities we are looking for, and if you think you might have the skills to serve why not sign up for our job alerts.
In order to truly reflect the communities we serve, we’re particularly keen to recruit those with language skills, people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and other under-represented groups. If you meet this criteria we can help, supporting you with your application and recruitment. Email us at [email protected]
You can contact this team at any time, whether we are actively recruiting for a particular role or not.
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’ll also need a full UK manual driving licence.
You also need to have lived in the UK for the last three years, and have the right to live and work in the country indefinitely. There are some exceptions for those serving in the armed forces, members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and those who have taken a career break or gap year to travel or work abroad for up to 12 months.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment or you are placed into a pool of successful candidates to whom we intend to make a conditional offer when the position arises, you must agree to undergo recruitment screening which may consist of vetting (including biometrics), medical, references and a job-related fitness test. The criteria include:
- Having 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.
- Having a body mass index (BMI) between 20 and 29.
- Being able to reach level 5.4 on a 15-metre shuttle run.
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.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].