Avon and Somerset Police are opening the doors for enthusiastic, confident and resilient members of the community to serve as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Applications open today (Thursday 4th January).
PCSOs contribute to the policing of neighbourhoods, visibly patrolling and reassuring local people and working with partner agencies to solve local concerns and problems.
Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie said: “PCSOs are vital in our communities, providing a bridge between the communities we serve and policing. They help people feel safe and can make a real difference.
“Whilst there are significant challenges in police funding, we are committed to investing in neighbourhood policing and a key part of that is the role of a PCSO.”
PCSO Rachel Sellars, based in North Somerset, said: “It’s the variety that I love about this job. You come in every day and have absolutely no idea who you’re going to meet, what jobs you’re going to go to and that’s just brilliant. It keeps you on your toes, it’s a challenge, and it’s a fantastic job.”
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 that 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 from diverse backgrounds. I hope many more people consider this career within the policing service.”
Chief Supt Ian Wylie continued: “Our focus is to have the best people for the job, whatever their faith, sexuality, or ethnicity. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply as we want our PCSOs to be a reflection of our communities.”
Two PCSO Recruitment Workshops will be held next week, where potential applicants have the opportunity to speak to PCSOs about their role and journey into Avon and Somerset Police, and find out more about the PCSO recruitment process.
The PCSO Recruitment Workshops are:
Those interested in joining a workshop need to book a place by emailing Representative.Workforce@
We will also be holding a Facebook Live for potential applicants on Friday 12th January at 3pm at www.facebook.com/
Applications open on Thursday 4th January at 9am and will close on Thursday 18th January at 9am. You will be able to apply at https://www.avonandsomerset.
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