Added on 19 May 2017 at 11:07
PCSOs contribute to the policing of neighbourhoods, visibly patrolling and reassuring local people and working with partner agencies to solve local concerns and problems.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Since PCSOs were introduced in 2002, they have made a real impact. At a time where the services required of the police have changed and grown, PCSOs have continued to provide a visible presence on the streets, working with local people, businesses and partners.
“We want to encourage people from all backgrounds in towns and villages across our force area, to apply. Our communities are becoming more diverse and for us to be truly effective, we need to represent all communities, whatever their faith, sexuality, ethnicity or disability.”
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “PCSOs make a real difference to local communities. They 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 I hope many more people consider this career within the police family.
“Avon and Somerset Police is particularly encouraging applications from diverse backgrounds. It’s essential that your police service represents the communities it serves.”
Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Representative Workforce Lead, Esther Wride, is offering guidance for people from under-represented groups who are interested in becoming a PCSO. This can be people with disabilities, BME or lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.
Esther said: “We want to be an attractive employer for everyone. People from diverse backgrounds who have cultural and language skills benefit us in every way, making us more innovative, capable and inclusive and ultimately, to help us to provide a better service to local people.
Applications open on Monday 22 May at 9.00am and close on Thursday 8 June at 5.00pm. You will be able to apply here from this date.
We are also holding a live online question and answer session on Facebook on Thursday 25th May 6pm – 6.30pm. An expert panel will be ready to answer any questions potential applicants have about the PCSO role or the recruitment process in general. Join the Q&A at www.facebook.com/avonandsomersetpolice. People can also send their questions in advance by sending us a private Facebook message or using the hashtag #ASPoliceQ on Twitter.