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Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

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Looking to give something back to your community? Do you like variety every day? A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) could give you that opportunity.

The role of the PCSO is to contribute to the policing of neighbourhoods, visibly patrolling and reassuring the public, increasing orderliness in public places, being accessible to communities and working at a local level with partner agencies to jointly solve local concerns and problems.

As a PCSO you will be making your community safer. No one day is the same, you could be running a meeting for residents regarding their worries about the redevelopment of land, or visiting a victim of crime, or going into schools, or engaging in many other ways with local communities – particularly looking to support those who are vulnerable or hard to reach. You will be expected to walk, use a bike or use public transport when on patrol in order to be visible and accessible to the community you are working in.

All PCSOs complete an initial eight week training programme – which must be achieved on a full time basis and have ongoing support. The course is designed to give you a solid understanding of the PCSOs role and powers, ultimately allowing you to achieve independent patrol.

To become a PCSO you must be confident, resilient, able to talk and engage with the public as well as comfortable dealing with a variety of people within the community, as this is a critical part of the role.

To view a full list of PCSO powers within our force download the PCSO Powers document.

Useful contacts

All recruitment queries should be referred to:

Recruitment Team
Southwest One
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
PO Box 37
Valley Road
BS20 8QJ  

01275 816142

PCSO recruitment is now closed.

Related documents

  • PDF icon PCSO Powers
    Last updated: 23 December 2016