Thursday (22 August) sees the launch of Sussex Police’s latest round of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) recruitment.
Being a PCSO offers a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding career. From dealing with anti-social behaviour to providing reassurance and helping resolve community challenges, our PCSOs play a critical and visible role in helping keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “After a successful recruitment campaign earlier this year, which saw a substantial number of new PCSOs offered places on our training cohorts, including 36 who will start their training in September, I’m delighted to be again opening recruitment for PCSOs.
"This is a unique role which allows our PCSOs to spend time in areas where the community needs us most.
“A PCSO career is one with variety, diversity, challenge and reward and will appeal to those who want to help keep their community safe. We’re particularly appealing to those who may never have considered a career in policing before.”
All new PCSOs join under our 12-month apprenticeship programme, which provides the best possible training, and upon completion earn a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.
Employed as a PCSO from day one, the training remains focused on practical policing, with the majority of learning taking place on the job and out in the public alongside experienced colleagues.
ACC Chapman added: “PCSOs are a crucial part of our organisation and hold an integral role in modern policing. It’s a role which take courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations.
“If you’re looking for a new career where, together, we can make a difference then I would encourage you to consider becoming a PCSO.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Sussex residents have been telling me they want a more visible and accessible policing presence in their communities to listen to their concerns and deter crime and anti-social behaviour.
“This is why I am pleased to see recruitment open again for even more PCSOs to further improve that visible frontline, alongside newly recruited police officers, across Sussex.
“I hope this opportunity attracts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a difference in the communities they serve.”
As the face of local policing for the community, we are looking for great communicators; those who are calm, confident and compassionate. If you can listen carefully, think through challenges, find solutions and have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our community safe, then this could be the career for you.
To apply, visit our website.