Sussex Police are hiring more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and we want you to join us.
As the key link with communities across Sussex, our PCSOs are great communicators who can provide reassurance and leadership.
You’ll get a good starting salary, opportunities for progression and the satisfaction that comes from helping others.
Our PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe.
They work alongside our local policing Prevention teams, to prevent and tackle local issues.
You could be dealing with anti-social behavior, taking statements from victims of crimes, gathering evidence or bringing offenders and victim together as part of Community Resolutions.
Above all, our PCSOs work with other police colleagues and partnership agencies to prevent harm and protect those who are vulnerable in our communities.
You will also have the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Community Policing Practice as part of your year-long initial training programme.
By joining as a PCSO you can expect a career with variety, diversity, challenges, rewards and a qualification in community policing.
Could this be you?
If you are a good communicator with a calm and confident personality, this is the role for you. We need people to mediate, listen and engage with the public effectively.
Our PCSOs are also good at problem solving, team players and easily build relationships with people.
It’s a challenging job but also incredibly rewarding. Be part of a team wanting to achieve the best results for the community
Are you eligible?
The following are our key eligibility criteria:
• You must be aged 18 at date of application – no upper age limit
• You don’t need a full UK manual driving license to apply but you will need to have one by the time you’re offered a role.
• You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application
• You must not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other similar organisations for example Combat 18 or The National Front
• You must not have tattoos which could cause offence (see our PCSO FAQ’s)
• Not have motoring offences (see our PCSO FAQ’s)
What we offer you
We value all our staff and provide many benefits. For PCSOs the pay and holiday benefits are as follows:
• Starting salary of £21,507 plus unsocial hours shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year.
• 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service).
• You will gain a Level 4 qualification on completion of your first year – a Diploma in Community Policing Practice
As a PCSO you will work shifts. You will have a rotating shift pattern covering the full week Monday to Sunday between the hours of 8am and midnight, so you will need to be prepared to work weekends and Bank Holidays. The standard shift pattern is attached below.
It is desirable for applicants to hold qualifications in Maths and English at GCSE grade A – C, or grade 9 – 4 equivalent, however this is not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, then you will be required to undertake Functional Skills Level 2. We will support you in achieving this prior to completion of your Level 4 Apprenticeship.
Please make clear on your application which of the Sussex divisions (West, Brighton & Hove and East) would be your preference. Please know that subject to resource and demand you may not be posted to your preferred location.
We are looking for successful applicants to join us on intakes in July and September 2019.
The role of PCSO is tenured for 24 months, meaning that you will not be able to start a new position within Force during this time. You may however be able to apply for roles with longer recruitment timeframes e.g. Police Constable.
In addition to standard vetting requirements, this requires the post-holder to successfully pass biometric vetting. Successful applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment for this role will be required to provide fingerprint and DNA samples by consent. A speculative search against local and national databases will take place prior to appointment and any final offer of employment will be conditional upon the results meeting the required vetting standard. Upon appointment the fingerprint and DNA profile for the post-holder will be added and retained on the respective Police Elimination Database (PEDb), to be used for elimination purposes.