Force Launches Milestone Pre-Employment Programme for Would-be PCSOs

As part of the Force’s Diverse Recruitment Plan, Cleveland Police is running a PCSO pre-employment programme in partnership with Equality North East, Gateshead College and Job Centre Plus.

This is a first for the Force and is a new way of recruiting the best people for the role; those with the right skills, expertise and values, including people from diverse backgrounds.
Cleveland Police is on the lookout for would-be PCSOs and is holding an Assessment Day at Cleveland Police HQ next week, on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

Anyone who is interested should apply via their Job Centre Plus; this includes people who have previously applied for the PCSO intake but who were unsuccessful.

Up to 40 participants will get the chance to learn how PCSOs work within Cleveland Police providing a high profile presence, preventing and detecting crime, gathering intelligence and providing reassurance to the public.

Twenty successful participants from the Assessment Day can then enrol on a four week course from Tuesday 3rd April to Monday 30th April, again at Police HQ, with an in-depth insight into the role and responsibilities of a PCSO, and the skills required.

Topics such as “A day in the life of a PCSO”, ethics and communications skills will be covered during the course.

Access onto the four week course is via an assessment process and measurement against a person specification.  All those who successfully complete the course will then be eligible to apply for PCSO posts.

For initial eligibility applications must be unemployed, be aged over 19-years-old, be active benefit claimants, wish to complete accredited training and they must be actively seeking employment. This applies to previous PCSO applicants also.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “It’s vital that our officers and staff represent the diverse communities they serve and we would therefore welcome interest from those who may not have traditionally considered a career in policing. We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our area and I hope that this scheme will give people the confidence to apply for what is a very rewarding career.”

Chief Inspector Kathy Prudom added: “PCSOs are a valued and extremely important part of our policing family and they play an essential role on so many levels.  I expect there to be a lot of interest so would advise anyone interested to liaise with their Job Centre Plus and to submit their applications as soon as possible.”