District-wide recruitment drive for PCSOs is launched

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:10 03 January 2019

Avon and Somerset police want new PCSOs to join the force.	Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset police want new PCSOs to join the force. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is recruiting for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in the district.

The force is looking to hire people who have a wide range of skills and experience and those from diverse backgrounds.

PCSOs support vulnerable people in the community and work to solve the problems and concerns which affect those who live in the force’s catchment area.

The constabulary is encouraging people from a variety of different backgrounds to join, from those who have no prior experience of working in policing to those with a second language.

PSCOs are needed in North Somerset, Somerset and Bristol and the starting salary is £19,719 – and successful applicants will also be enrolled into a Government pension scheme.

Assistant Chief Constable for the police force, Steve Cullen, said: “Neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of what we do across Avon and Somerset.

“Police and community support officers are at are the heart of their local communities and provide the public with reassurance as well as safeguarding them and solving problems in the area.

“Being a PCSO for Avon and Somerset police is an exciting, rewarding and diverse job.”

The police are also encouraging parents who are returning from work to join, and can offer flexible working hours to fit in with the school run.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, said: “PCSOs help promote community safety and reduce the fear of crime with their proactive and visible presence.

“I continually hear considerable praise for our PCSOs from residents and how they are making a real difference to their local communities.

“It is essential your police service represents the communities it serves, so the constabulary are particularly encouraging applications from people with a wide range of skills, experience and those from diverse backgrounds.

“I hope many more people consider this career within the policing service.”

Applications are now open and there are three stages of the interview process.

To apply for the role, email pcsorecruitment@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Applications close on January 14.

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