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Being a PCSO

Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) work shifts and are mostly deployed between the hours of 7am and 3am, depending on the area in which they work.

You could work alone, in pairs or in small teams.

Your work will vary from one day to another, but will usually include:

  • going on highly-visible foot and cycle patrols
  • offering advice on crime prevention
  • dealing with anti-social behaviour alongside neighbourhood wardens and community action teams
  • talking with young people and visiting schools
  • building links with businesses and community leaders
  • guarding crime scenes and detaining suspects until a police officer arrives
  • making house visits to reassure people and gather intelligence
  • issuing fixed penalty notices
  • providing support at large public gatherings, such as sports events and public demonstrations

An example of a typical four-week shift pattern for a PCSO:

Week 1
Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - 0700-1600
Wednesday - 1100-2000
Thursday - 1430-2230
Friday - 1500-0000
Saturday - 1400-0000
Sunday - 1230-2230

Week 2
Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Rest day
Wednesday - 0700-1600
Thursday - 0700-1600
Friday - 0700-1600
Saturday - Rest day
Sunday - Rest day

Week 3
Monday - 1430-2230
Tuesday - 1430-2230
Wednesday - 1430-2230
Thursday - Rest day
Friday - Rest day
Saturday - 0700-1700
Sunday - 0700-1700

Week 4
Monday - 0700-1600
Tuesday - 1000-1800
Wednesday - 1000-1800
Thursday - 0800-1700
Friday - Rest day
Saturday - Rest day
Sunday - Rest day