Posted: Wednesday 17th July 2019
Weston-super-Mare Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Remi Prierra tells us about his role and why he enjoys being part of Avon and Somerset Police.
- What did you do before you became a PCSO?
I played semi-professional football for Paulton Rovers, Slimbridge, Chipping Norton and many others. I also attended Hartpury College in Gloucester and graduated with a Sport Business Management degree in 2007. Upon graduation I worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland and I’ve also worked for other large organisations including Capita, Nation Grid and John Lewis.
- When did you apply to become a PCSO?
I applied for Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 2008 and I started my role as PCSO in the November of 2008.
- What made you choose the PCSO role?
I wanted to do this role for a number of reasons. Firstly, being a PCSO gives me an opportunity to give back to the community that gave so much to me. The role enables you to do a great deal of community work, being the bridge between the police and community. I also wanted to make a difference in regards to the negative perception the BME community had about the police. I have no regrets in joining the police and doing this role.
- What is the best part about being a PCSO?
Being able to constantly help and assist people on a daily basis. I have the opportunity meet hard to reach communities and give them an excellent and positive perspective of the police as well as a true outlook of what policing is all about.
- How does the job fit around your lifestyle?
Perfectly. I am able to work a flexible working pattern and still have and excellent family life with my little family. I am able to socialise with my group of friends out of work and with my new friends and family “colleagues”. The role really suits my lifestyle.
- What would you say to anyone who is thinking about applying to become a PCSO?
This is a perfect opportunity to be able to give back to the community and work with amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. The role would enhance your interpersonal and communication skills, it would boost your ability to interact with different people of all races, sex, colour and religious background. The role broadens your knowledge and you would be provided with excellent training from some excellent experts. It is an opportunity of a lifetime and it cannot be missed. If you looking for a career with a decent wage and the opportunity to make an impact within your community, this is it!