Police Community Support Officers

Want to give something back to your community? Then have you considered taking up a challenging role as a police community support officer?

As a police community support officer (PCSO), you will work on the frontline of your local force, providing a visible and reassuring presence on the streets and tackling the menace of anti-social behaviour.

This is a paid, usually full-time position that can lead to a long career with the police.

PCSOs have different roles in different forces, but they usually patrol a beat and interact with the public, while also offering assistance to police officers at crime scenes and major events.

Depending on where you work, you could:

  • deal with minor offences
  • offer early intervention to deter people from committing offences
  • provide support for front-line policing
  • conduct house-to-house enquiries
  • guard crime scenes
  • provide crime prevention advice

You would be a critical part of the force

Although PCSOs do not have the same powers as regular police officers, they still carry a lot of responsibility, and are a critical part of the police service.

This programme of work is part of the Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF)

Two PCSO entry routes have been developed – an apprenticeship and a non-apprenticeship route. We anticipate that the first entrants via this route will join early adopter forces from spring 2019, although the recruitment process will start earlier than this.

For more information please also visit PCSO-entry-routes.