Call for new Police Community Support Officers across Sussex
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People aspiring to be a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) will be able to submit their applications to Sussex Police from Tuesday, November 9.
Becoming a PCSO offers a challenging, but incredibly rewarding career where every day is different.
PSCOs play a critical and visible role in helping to keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm. There is a named PCSO for every ward in Sussex.
All new PCSOs who join in this wave of recruitment will start their training in June or October 2022 and will earn a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice, upon successful competition of a 12-month apprenticeship programme.
While each new recruit will be employed as a PCSO from day one, the training remains focused on practical policing, with the majority of learning taking place on the job and out alongside experienced colleagues.
Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando said: “We are determined to keep our PCSO numbers up to strength and we are starting the recruitment process right now to ensure we will have enough suitable candidates for the new training courses planned.
“The career of a PCSO is one with variety, diversity, challenges and rewards - and will appeal to those who want to help keep their community safe.
“It’s a role which takes courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations.
“As the public face of Sussex Police, you will ensure we’re fulfilling our commitment to protect our communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service to victims and witnesses.
“We want to receive applications from a diverse range of individuals. We’re particularly appealing to those who may never have considered a career in policing before.
“If you’re looking for a new career where, together, we can make a difference then I would encourage you to consider becoming a PCSO.”
PCSO Cristine Gerosa, who has a background in nursing, joined Sussex Police in March 2020 (right at the start of lockdown!). She said: “I have been able to fight crime, and to help victims from all different backgrounds and with different life stories.
“I am forever grateful for what Sussex Police offered me as I not only feel part of a family, but I also grew my confidence and I am able to help those who need it the most.”
Barney Reed, a former delivery driver, became a PCSO as he wanted to work more closely with different communities. He said: “A great thing about being a PCSO is working with different teams to ensure not only public safety but reassurance.
“It’s not just about dealing with those who have committed an offence (however big or small), it’s about helping those in need and giving them the support they need - protecting those who are vulnerable and working with key partners to ensure that the community is the priority.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Over the past three years Sussex Police has built back neighbourhood policing to provide the reassuring visible presence that local communities have been calling for.
“PCSOs are at the heart of neighbourhood policing, as they engage with residents every day and have a finger on the pulse of local issues and concerns.
“If you or someone you know wants to help make Sussex safer and start a valuable and rewarding career in the police family, get your applications in soon.
“I look forward to meeting you on patrol in our villages and towns next year.”
As the face of local policing for the community, we are looking for great communicators: those who are calm, confident and compassionate. If you can listen carefully, think through challenges and find solutions, and you have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our community safe, this could be the career for you.