This is a job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
You’ll be a hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:
Exceptional training (resulting in a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice) – see below
Generous basic pay of £21,507 plus an unsocial hours shift allowance of approximately £5,000 per year (increasing incrementally each year)
24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after five years’ service) and access to many additional benefits. Click here for more details.
Opportunities to develop your career and progress within the force (once you have completed two years as a PCSO) – while many of ours PCSOs choose to stay in the role there are many opportunities to explore other roles and we will help you develop no matter what your interest.
You will be among the first in the country to benefit from our new 12-month apprenticeship programme. This will give you the best possible training and a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice – equivalent to an HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree.
The training remains focused on practical policing with the majority of learning taking place on the job and out in the public alongside experienced colleagues.
It will, however, spend more time on topics such as: digital policing, problem solving, safeguarding, and identifying vulnerability and risk, to ensure you have the tools and knowledge to excel as a PCSO.
The course will consist of:
Phase 1: Operational learning I (8 weeks) – full-time at Police Headquarters in Lewes
Phase 1: Tutoring I (2 weeks) – out in the community supported by a tutor
Compulsory annual leave (1 week)
Phase 2: Operational Learning II (4 weeks) - further learning modules and assessment at Police Headquarters in Lewes
Phase 2: Tutoring II (Up to 10 weeks) – out in the community supported by a tutor after which Independent Patrol Status (IPS) will be awarded
Upon achieving IPS, you will continue to build up your portfolio of evidence required to complete the qualification and apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship cannot be completed before 12 months – this is the minimum amount of time for any apprenticeship. But you may complete your Level 4 qualification over a shorter period providing you can demonstrate the correct knowledge and skills and have submitted the required evidence.
The final assessment involves:
A professional discussion, based around your work-based activities
A presentation relating to a problem-solving activity in the community
We have recently had an intake of PCSOs but we expect to be recruiting again later this year.
The application process has several stages and can take up to five months from when you first apply to arriving in the force.
The stages are as follows:
Online application form
Online verbal reasoning test
Medical questionnaire and vetting form
Biometric vetting – fingerprints, DNA and hair testing
If you pass all four stages the recruitment team will contact you to discuss and agree your potential start date based on your availability and the next available space on a training course.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within the force and one of the ways we are seeking to increase representation is via a bespoke recruitment mentoring scheme for those identifying as black, Asian and minority ethnic. To find out more email email@example.com
Further guidance for applicants can be found here.