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Our vision for policing in Sussex is achieving a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, and in doing so, we encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures to consider our recruitment and career opportunities.

Do you care about making a difference in the job you do? Then becoming a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) could be for you.

Being a PCSO can be challenging but it is also a role that includes variety, meaning and excitement. As a PCSO you will be supporting frontline policing by undertaking tasks with a focus on crime prevention and problem solving that do not require the full training and powers of a Police Officer. Find out more about the powers of a Sussex PCSO.

From day one you will be helping to make your community safer for your family, friends and neighbours. Your shift could start with you working with victims and partner agencies to fully engage and understand the issues that are causing local low level crime, and ultimately preventing further occurrences; by the end of your shift you could have conducted house to house enquiries or been sent out to help find a vulnerable member of your community, working closely with local partners to identify appropriate support available to them.

We are looking for people who are good communicators with a calm, confident personality, a problem solver, team player; someone who easily builds relationships and respects other people and appreciates views from the communities that we serve.

You will be provided with training to assist you to deal with various situations, you will get to learn new skills and meet new people. Your training as a PCSO will equip you to resolve problems and prevent crime and disorder, working alongside our partners, whilst working to our priorities; protecting those most vulnerable, catching criminals and keeping the public safe.

Sussex is a diverse county ranging from the vibrant City of Brighton & Hove, to one of Britain's busiest Airports - Gatwick, and a varied mix of smaller coastal towns and rural communities.

What you need to know…

We welcome applications from a wide range of individuals. If this sounds like the job for you, please read our FAQs.

If you are keen to apply, but would like to contact us in advance of your application for further advice please email

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the role of a Police Community Support Officer, you will need to:

  • be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application)
  • have lived in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application
  • not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • not have tattoos which could cause offence. See our FAQs for further info.
  • not have motoring offences. See our FAQs for further info.

What can Sussex Police Offer you:

  • A place on the 8 week training course
  • Your starting salary will be £20,874 - £22,671 plus shift allowance
  • Annual Leave of 24 days (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service)
  • Training & development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle issues
  • Support and advice from Occupational Health and a range of staff associations and access to a range of services – Charitable trust and Police Mutual
  • Childcare Vouchers. You can use the vouchers to pay for registered or approved childcare this includes nurseries, childminders, breakfast and after-school clubs and can be used for children up to the age of 16
  • Cycle to Work scheme. You can obtain a new bike to travel to work through your salary, saving on tax and national insurance.
  • Staff Support Networks which includes Evolve, Race Equality Network, Gay Police Association and Enable (Sussex Police Disability & Carers' Association)
  • Lifestyle Discounts which includes travel subsidiaries, and eye care scheme and many more.

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