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Our vision for policing in Sussex is to have a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, and in doing so, we encourage people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to come and work with us.

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 focusing on crime prevention and problem solving.

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 partner agencies to identify support for them.

We are looking for people who are good communicators with a calm and confident personality. You’ll be good at solving problems, be a team player and easily build relationships with people, respecting and appreciating the views of the communities we serve.

What we can offer you

  • Starting salary of £20,874 plus shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year
  • 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service).
  • A place on our 6 week training programme.
  • Lifestyle Discounts including discounted gym membership, discounted travel and eye care scheme.
  • Cycle to Work scheme - you can obtain a new bike to travel to work through your salary, saving on tax and national insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle support
  • Staff Support Networks including Evolve (gender equality), Race Equality, LGBT and Enable (disability & carers' association)

What you need to know

  • PCSOs are based throughout West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Gatwick Airport.
  • As a PCSO you will work shifts. You will have a rotating shift pattern covering the full week Monday to Sunday between the hours of 8am and midnight, so you will need to be prepared to work weekends and Bank Holidays.
  • You don’t need a full UK manual driving license to apply but you will need to have one by the time you’re offered a role
  • You need to be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application)
  • For all our eligibility criteria please see our Frequently Asked Questions and our information about the powers of a Sussex PCSO.
  • If you are keen to apply, but would like to contact us in advance of your application for further advice please email our recruitment team