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The Recruitment Process

To become a PCSO, you will need to be successful in our recruitment process. Please take the time to read the below information. If you have any questions please email:

Stage 1: Application

Please follow the link and complete your application on our e-recruitment platform.

Part of the application form asks you to demonstrate how you meet the essential and desirable criteria. This is your chance to let the panel know what you may have done in the past. We are looking for  specific examples and where applicable, results.
If you consider that you have a disability or learning difficulties such as dyslexia and require additional support or reasonable adjustments, to assist you in completing the application form, please contact the recruitment team:

Stage 2: Shortlisting

If shortlisted, you will be invited  to attend a structured interview.

Stage 3: Interview

You will be invited to attend a structured interview.

If successful at interview you may be progressed through pre-employment checks to include, biometric vetting (i.e. fingerprints and DNA), security vetting, medical, drugs test and references.

  • Medical and eyesight check: We will ask you to complete a medical health questionnaire and attend a health assessment with our occupational health team, this will include a hearing test. Your eyes will also need to be checked by an optician as part of the assessment.
  • Drug screening: We will ask you to undertake drug screening by providing a hair sample.
  • Biometrics: this will involve taking fingerprints, a DNA sample and checks made against national databases. If you are successfully appointed, your DNA profiles and fingerprints will be held on the Police Elimination Database.
  • Refusal to give a sample will mean we will be unable to proceed with your application. If you are not appointed all copies and records will be destroyed.
  • Security vetting: You will be subject to vetting and financial checks.

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