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Do you want to be a police community support officer?

posted 3 Aug 2018, 03:14 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Thames Valley Police are currently recruiting Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

You can’t arrest anyone. You’ve got no handcuffs. Your communication and problem solving skills are your most powerful weapons. It’s down to your ability to work with some of the most challenging people in some of the most difficult situations.
You do not jump to conclusions about what you see and hear – you target crime hotspots, analysing situations and gathering evidence. 
Your very presence on the streets inspires confidence.

As a PCSO, you are performing one of the most demanding roles in policing. It is an essential role, the face of the police within local communities. You won’t only make a difference, you will be the difference, preventing trouble and making your community safer and stronger. 
You are confident, resilient and comfortable dealing with all sections of the community. You express yourself calmly and clearly, make decisions, solve problems and work with a wide range of colleagues. A positive character with a professional approach, you act with integrity and treat individuals with respect.

There is no typical day as a PCSO – you could be holding a meeting with concerned local residents, dealing with anti-social behaviour or be first on scene at a road traffic collision. Ultimately, you will be part of a team who are committed to working together to ensure the Force delivers on its promises of making communities safer and of driving down crime. We believe it’s one of the most rewarding jobs, but don’t just take our word for it, apply today and experience it.

PCSO core functions are to:

• Provide a highly visible presence within the community, to address local concerns and provide reassurance
• Provide disruptive patrols at crime / ASB hotspots
• Deal with neighbourhood level anti-social behaviour & monitor compliance with ASB interventions
• Gather community based intelligence
• Attend reports of offences in accordance with crime attendance policies
• Assist police officers with crime enquiries
• Engage with the community as point of contact for individuals and community groups
• Organise or participate in crime reduction initiatives
• Assist in the policing of community and other events to provide reassurance to the community


To apply for a role as a PCSO, you must:
•have a GCSE English grade C (grade 4), or equivalent, or higher qualification
•be a British EC/EEA or Commonwealth citizen, or a foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
•be in good health and physically and mentally able to undertake police duties
•not have tattoos which could cause offence
•have a body mass index (BMI) of between 18-30
•disclose all convictions or cautions
•not have served any period of imprisonment or youth detention
•not have any existing County Court judgements outstanding against you
•not have bankruptcy debts which have not been discharged for at least three years
•not be the subject of a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)


You will complete an eight-week course of formal training. This is undertaken on a full-time basis at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead. It’s designed to give you a solid understanding in the essentials of a PCSO's role and powers. You’ll then be deployed to a police station – this marks the beginning of your Thames Valley Police career. 

To apply to be a PCSO or to find out more about the job role, please visit https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/joinus