Ever wanted to join the police? New recruits sought

PUBLISHED: 12:47 28 July 2018

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

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

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A new batch of police community support officers (PCSOs) could soon be out on North Somerset's streets.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has this week begun a recruitment drive designed to increase numbers of PCSOs.

PCSOs have fewer powers than police officers, but are more involved in community initiatives and can often be seen patrolling village and town streets.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “PCSOs have made a huge difference to the way in which we police since their introduction in 2002.

“We’ve seen big changes in policing over the years and are having to adapt as we see demand for our services increase.

“PCSOs have and continue to provide a very visible presence on the streets, working with local people, businesses and partners.

“As the communities within our force area become more diverse it’s more important than ever that we represent the communities in which we serve.

“That’s why we’re encouraging people of all faiths, sexuality, ethnicity and disabilities to please consider applying for this role.”

The role has a starting salary of around £19,521, there are also allowances for working shifts and weekends, PCSOs are responsible for assisting with the policing of neighbourhoods.

PCSOs often attend PACT meetings so as to hear any concerns people in the community have over crime or safety.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “PCSOs make a real difference to our communities by working to tackle the crimes and antisocial behaviour issues that matter to local people. They help promote community safety and reduce the fear of crime with their proactive and visible presence.

“Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of our communities and is essential to ensuring Avon and Somerset remains a safe place to live and work. Local people continually tell me how much their local neighbourhood policing teams, which include PCSOs, mean to them.

“It’s also the reason I am committed to protecting neighbourhood policing numbers.”

The application process began on Monday and will end at noon on August 6.

To apply, log on to www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/jobs-and-volunteering

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