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Sussex Police launches second round of Police Community Support Officer recruitment

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Today, Sussex Police launches its second round of Police Community Support Officer recruitment; inviting applications from those who have the desire to keep their community safe.

Being a PCSO offers a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding career. From dealing with anti-social behaviour to provide reassurance and helping resolve community challenges; our PCSOs play a critical and visible role in helping keep communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm.

As the face of local policing for the community, this is a crucial and integral role in our organisation. Embedded within our local policing prevention teams; PCSOs focus on visible policing to prevent crime and disorder taking place using community based problem-solving and engaging with the public so people feel safe.

We are therefore looking for great communicators; those who are calm, confident and compassionate. If you can listen carefully, think through challenges, find solutions and have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our community safe, then this could be the career for you.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, great training experiences, the pride that comes from helping others and the chance to achieve a professional qualification – Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice – through our 12-month PCSO apprenticeship programme.

Assistant Chief Constable, Julia Chapman said: “After a successful recruitment campaign earlier this year, which saw a substantial number of new PCSOs offered places on our training cohorts including 36 who will start their training in September, I’m delighted to be again opening recruitment for PCSOs. This is a unique role which allows our PCSOs to spend time in areas where the community needs us most.

“A PCSO career is one with variety, diversity, challenge and reward and will appeal to those who want to help keep their community safe. We’re particularly appealing to those who may never have considered a career in policing before.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Sussex residents have been telling me they want a more visible and accessible policing presence in their communities to listen to their concerns and deter crime and anti-social behaviour.
“This is why I am pleased to see recruitment open again for even more PCSOs to further improve that visible frontline, alongside newly recruited police officers, across Sussex.
“I hope this opportunity attracts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a difference in the communities they serve.”

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