You can’t arrest anyone. You’ve got no handcuffs. Your communication and problem solving skills are your most powerful tools. It’s down to your ability to work with some of the most challenging people in some of the most difficult situations.
Your very presence on the streets inspires confidence.
As a PCSO, you are performing one of the most essential roles in policing - the face of the police within local communities. You won’t only make a difference, you will be the difference, preventing trouble and making your community safer and stronger.
You are confident, resilient and comfortable dealing with all sections of the community. You express yourself calmly and clearly, make decisions, solve problems and work with a wide range of colleagues. A positive character with a professional approach, you act with integrity and treat individuals with respect.
There is no typical day as a PCSO – you could be holding a meeting with concerned local residents, dealing with anti-social behavior or be first on scene at a road traffic collision. Ultimately, you will be part of a team who are committed to working together to ensure the Force delivers on its promises of making communities safer and of driving down crime. We believe it’s one of the most rewarding jobs, but don’t just take our word for it, apply today and experience it.
You will be IT-literate, full of initiative and ready to patrol neighborhoods (on foot or by bicycle). English Language or Literature at GCSE grade 9-4 or equivalent (e.g. English Language Grade C or level 2), or a higher academic qualification, is required.
You will complete an eight-week course of formal training. This is undertaken on a full-time basis at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead. It’s designed to give you a solid understanding in the essentials of a PCSO's role and powers. You’ll then be deployed to a police station – this marks the beginning of your Thames Valley Police career.
Successful candidates will go into a recruitment pool to fill planned PCSO intakes for 2017 and 2018, subject to vacancies.
If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 quoting reference 1234.
The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 24 September 2017.