Avon and somerset Police have today (3rd September) launched a campaign to recruit new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). They are seeking talented people from a wide range of backgrounds for a rewarding career where they can be the difference by playing a vital role in supporting, protecting and engaging with local communities.
PCSOs are part of neighbourhood police teams and work with colleagues from across the organisation to reduce crime and provide a visible and reassuring presence in neighbourhoods. PCSOs are community champions and problem solvers who make a positive impact.
The role is varied and exciting and PCSOs are out and about every day, walking or cycling the streets, meeting people and offering support and advice. Their work can include offering crime prevention advice, working with partners to address anti-social behaviour, intelligence gathering, supporting at crime scenes or events and much more.
Rather than seeking specific skills or experience, Avon and Somerset Police want people from all backgrounds and with a range of professional and life experiences to apply, helping us to be truly representative of the communities we serve.
“Neighbourhood policing, which include PCSOs, is at the heart of our communities. PCSOs make a real difference to local people by helping to promote community safety and reducing the fear of crime in the area.
“PCSOs make a real difference to our communities so if you are committed to supporting residents in your area, becoming a PCSO could be the role for you.”PCC Sue Mountstevens
Successful applicants are given a starting salary of £20,619 with allowances for working shifts and weekends taking this to around £26,000. They will be part of a local government pension scheme, have ongoing career and development opportunities and can access a range of lifestyle benefits, employee assistance and wellbeing support.
Priding itself on being a progressive and caring organisation, Avon and Somerset Police is a team of over 6,000 people, including over 3,000 police officers, PCSOs and special constables and with specialist operations including police dogs, mounted patrols, firearms experts and an airport beat team.
The organisation employs the latest technology to ensure its entire team is agile and advanced in its working and is constantly innovating and adapting, remaining at the forefront of forward-thinking policing.
“This is a people-focused vocation and is ideal for those who take pride in their work and would relish a role in which they can make a real difference to local communities.
“We welcome those who share our values – caring, inclusive, courageous and learning. We are excited to be recruiting new colleagues who will bring their own unique perspective, skills and experience to an organisation that values diversity and independent thinking.”Chief Superintendent Will White – Head of Neighbourhoods and Partnerships
The closing date of this role will be determined by demand, which will be monitored daily. Applicants are encouraged to apply at the earliest opportunity as this vacancy will close when a sufficient number of applications has been received.
Thinking about becoming a PCSO?
If you are interested in joining Avon and Somerset Police, find out more about PCSO recruitment.