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Join as a Police Community Support Officer

PCSO

PCSOs are members of police staff who carry out a range of activities to support regular police officers. With their distinctive uniform, their main role is to undertake high visibility patrols out in the community. By taking the time to talk to people and getting to know their local area, they are 'eyes and ears' of the community.

You would be trained to calm heated situations and defuse hostility, but would not be expected to deal with violent incidents, including arrests, and you would have radio access so you can call for assistance if necessary.

In addition to your patrol, day-to-day activities include dealing with minor offences, offering early interventions to deter people from committing offences, providing crime prevention advice, gathering evidence through observation, or conducting house to house enquiries.

Would I enjoy this role?

It is a role for those who enjoy working with people, the outdoor life and making a difference to their communities.

What training will I receive?

An initial six-week training programme, followed by a further six-week local induction programme in the area you will be working in. Once the criteria has been satisfactorily reached, then you are given your own beat to patrol.

What powers do PCSOs have?

The Chief Constable has designated a range of powers to PCSOs to support their primary role of high visibility reassurance and relationship building within the community. Currently, they have powers to issue fixed penalty notices in relation to a range of anti-social behaviours, but do not have the power to arrest.

What would my salary and working pattern be as a PCSO?

A variety of shifts from 8am-midnight, including weekends, ensures comprehensive coverage. The focus of your duties may vary according to the specific posting (eg Safer Schools).

Normally you would patrol alone, although it is sometimes appropriate for PCSOs to work in pairs.

The starting salary is £19,719 plus a shift allowance and weekend working allowance. Uniform is provided.

How do I apply to become a PCSO?

We are not currently recruiting Police Community Support Officers.

Please visit Police Staff Vacancies which will contain the full application details when we are recruiting.

Your completed application will be shortlisted and, if successful, you will be invited to a Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSA) based interview. Before an appointment can be made, security and medical checks need to be completed to the satisfaction of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

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