Posted: Friday 26th July 2019
I have been a Police Community Support Officer (PCOS) for almost 15 years! Before I became a PCSO, I was a farmer’s wife and my days were spent working on the farm as well as raising livestock and a family.
As my family become more independent, I worked in a local veterinary practice as a Vet Nurse and I assisted with surgery on both large and small animals.
When I saw the PCSO role advertised, I thought: “I could do that!” Over a year later, I found out I had been accepted and a position in Taunton was waiting for me.
During the first few years of being a PCSO, I covered Bishops Hull, Trull, Galmington and Comeytrowe as well as being responsible for the beat areas of Bishops Lydeard and Cotford St Luke.
Around eight years ago, I moved to the Minehead area and took responsibility for Watchet, Wiliton and a large remote area covering Blur Anchor and Old Cleeve across to Roadwater, Stogumber, Crowcombe, Stogursey and Hinkley Point.
In this job, no two days are the same. Even when I try and plan my working week, you never quite know what you will come across, which I absolutely love! The beat I cover has a huge variety of issues to tackle including rural non-dwelling burglaries, social isolation, domestic violence, antisocial behaviour, youth related issues and everything in between, but it’s great to be making a difference to the community.
As with all jobs, there are frustrations, but by and large, the role of a PCSO is brilliant. It can be challenging, demanding and both mentally and physically exhausting. However, when you identify a vulnerable person you are able to help or someone in the depth of despair suffering a mental health crisis and you are able to help that person, it is a really rewarding job.
To anyone considering the role of PCSO, I would fully encourage them to “have a go!” If you make yourself known to as many local people as possible, engage with community groups to get out there and be seen, the work will come to you. There is nothing more rewarding than finding a small nugget of intelligence that you can work on and construct up over time, to see warrants executed and criminal activity disrupted. It is fantastic to see such an enormous positive effect on a community, the job satisfaction is second to none!
PCSO recruitment is now open, find out more and how to apply here. Recruitment closes at midnight on Sunday 28th July.