26/02/2016

Recruitment Begins for Police Community Support Officers to Join Cleveland Police

Recruitment begins for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to join Cleveland Police on Monday 7th March.

PCSO Recruitment

The Force will end applications after 200 are received, or Sunday 20th March, whichever comes first.

PCSOs were last recruited in June 2015 and the sixteen successful candidates are now undertaking a ten-week initial training programme.

Any successful applicants are invited to attend an assessment centre and interview, and will be asked to complete written tasks, take part in interactive role play exercises and have their basic numeracy and literacy skills assessed.

Once in the role, officers could be deployed anywhere in the force area according to demand. They will work alongside regular police officers and their day to day work means they are a visible point of contact for residents. Other tasks range from taking part in high visibility reassurance patrols, to working with children and young people, conducting door to door enquiries in major crimes, and attending community meetings.

An event for prospective candidates to find out more information will be held on Thursday 3rd March at Teesside University’s Centuria Building between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. There are 180 places available and those interested are asked to register for this event at: https://pcsorecruitment.eventbrite.co.uk/

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “Becoming a PCSO is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to work in their local community and be part of a public service. It is a demanding but hugely rewarding role.

“Those who wish to apply need to be committed to serving the community and an understanding of what communities need as well as a strong commitment to making a difference.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I am delighted that recruitment is opening again for another intake of PCSOs. The role of a PCSO is to work within the heart of communities to help make Cleveland a safer place and to increase confidence in the police service.”

Applications will open at 11.30am on Monday 7th March on the Cleveland Police website, www.cleveland.police.uk.