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Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)


PCSO Recruitment

Our Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) recruitment campaign has now ended and will begin again in 2018. The information will remain live for anyone interested in applying next time.

PCSOs are uniformed civilians with a specialised set of legal powers. They work with police officers to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in communities. Their main role is to patrol on foot, ensuring a highly visible presence on the streets. They work with local communities to tackle issues of local concern, focusing on lower-level crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour.

Typical duties for a PCSO include:

  • Patrolling on foot or bicycle in all weathers.
  • Dealing with minor offences.
  • Conduct house-to-house enquiries.
  • Guarding a crime scene.
  • Visiting schools, community groups and other locations to provide advice to residents.
  • Tackling anti-social behaviour.

PCSOs have a range of legal powers to help them in their roles. However, they do not have the powers of a police officer to detain people or take them into custody so there will be times when the back-up of a police officer colleague is needed.  

The legal powers which are given to a PCSO do vary from force to force. Details of PCSO powers and everything else you need to know about the role can be found on this section of the website. Use the buttons below or the menu to navigate through the pages.







Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.