Avon and Somerset Police are now taking applications for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Searching for people with the right skills and a range of life experiences to offer in this crucial role.
PCSOs are part of community police teams. They build relationships with local communities to provide reassurance and understand the policing issues that matter most to them. PCSOs work with individuals and partner agencies to support vulnerable people and solve local concerns and problems.
Due to the nature of the role, candidates can bring skills from a variety of life backgrounds. They may come from a career in customer service or they might have worked for another blue light organisation. Parents returning to work after taking time out are welcome, with flexible working patterns around school times considered by the force to help balance work and personal life commitments. They’re also keen for candidates with the ability to speak other languages
In return, the force can offer successful applicants a starting salary of £19,719, a government pension scheme and the opportunity to make a real difference to local communities in Bristol, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen said: “Neighbourhood Policing is the bedrock of policing across Avon and Somerset. Police and Community Support Officers are at are the heart of local communities. They are visible and engage with the public, provide reassurance, safeguard and problem solve. Being a PCSO is an exciting rewarding diverse job.
“We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply as we want our PCSOs to be a reflection of our communities. We need people with different perspectives and experience working for us, so we can be the best we can be.”
PCSO in training Richard Riley is due to start his role in a few weeks, he said: “I made my very first application in 2009 and after another couple of attempts was pleased to be accepted at interview in January 2018. I found the application process demanding, but rightly so. It needs to be rigorous as it’s an important role. I worked in a desk job for a local parish council before taking up this role and wanted to become a PCSO because it’s a natural extension of who I am. I like to help people.
“I would say to anyone thinking about this path to simply have a go at the recruitment process. And not to give up if you’re unsuccessful the first time round.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “PCSOs help promote community safety and reduce the fear of crime with their proactive and visible presence. I continually hear considerable praise for our PCSOs from residents and how they are making a real difference to their local communities.
“It is essential that your police service represents the communities it serves, so the Constabulary are particularly encouraging applications from people with a wide range of skills, experience and from diverse backgrounds. I hope many more people consider this career within the policing service.”
Eligibility opens on Thursday 3 January and those unsure about applying are advised to fill out the first stage, so that they can do the second stage and main application. The force will be holding a Discovery Workshop on 15 January and welcome anyone from an under represented group to contact the Inclusion and Diversity team for further details of the event Representative.Workforce@avonandsomerset.police.uk
Applications open on Thursday 3 January and close on Monday 15 January at 9am. Find out more about the role and apply