Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
Salary: £21,018 - £25,353
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Work as a police community support officer (PCSO) can be very exciting, as each day brings new challenges. You will be involved in the fight against a range of crime and disorder problems.
Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) act as a key liaison point between local communities and policing. Public facing, they provide a visible, accessible, and approachable uniformed presence in the community to offer reassurance, defuse situations with threats of conflict, improve confidence and trust, gather information, and foster good community relations.
This role holds designated PCSO legal powers of enforcement in line with local force requirements to support the successful resolution, prevention, and deterrent of local crime. PCSOs are also expected to respond to a wider range of non-criminal issues that contribute to vulnerability and safety within the community. They will be expected to act with discretion, making appropriate use of their designated powers and acting within force guidelines.
Just some of the tasks PCSO's might encounter on a daily basis include:
- PCSOs will patrol on foot, in uniform, to provide a highly visible policing presence in communities. PCSOs will get to know their allocated area and its residents and will focus on long-term problem solving to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in their area as well as improve community confidence.
- Develop close working relationships with key community bodies such as local councils, schools, housing associations and community organisations, to gather and provide information, support the vulnerable, promote community cohesion, and identify and tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour.
- Develop effective relationships with individuals, including people who are vulnerable and at risk, across the community, providing support and guidance to identify root causes, assess needs, prevent crime, respond to concerns, and build trust in policing.
- While patrolling, PCSOs will deal with incidents they encounter and will be responsible for enforcing law on the streets, calling on police officer colleagues where needed. In such instances, PCSOs will support Police Officers in initial front-line response to incidents enabling resolution to and/or preventing escalation of low-level offending in line with their designated powers and remit, to ensure immediate public safety.
- Engage with the public by conducting house-to-house enquiries to identify issues affecting residents as well as giving appropriate crime prevention advice.
- PCSOs will promote Derbyshire Alert to the public, both by encouraging residents to sign up and by creating and distributing interesting and relevant material via the system. PCSOs will also make good use of organisational social media profiles to communicate with their communities.
- As a key element of the role is upon crime prevention and long-term community development, we are looking for candidates who are happy to make a long-term commitment to the role.
- Support the implementation of problem solving and evidence based policing initiatives by championing and applying relevant methodologies and approaches to the area of work.
Salary and Shift Allowance
- £21,018 for the first 6 weeks of training
- £26,836 after training to include shift allowance and weekend working
- Successful applicants would normally be appointed on the bottom of the salary range (Exceptions may apply)
- You will receive 14% shift allowance after the initial 6-week training
- You will work 34.25 weekend hours per month, for which you will receive an enhancement of 50%
Skills & Experience Required:
- You must be 18 years old by the 31st July 2023
- You must be available to work between 8.00am and midnight, seven days a week
- Willingness to patrol independently, including lone patrol on late shifts.
- You must have sufficient fitness to patrol the streets on foot or bicycle for long periods of time and in all weather conditions
You must have the following:
- Level 2 English (GCSE Grade 9-4) (A-C) or equivalent, or able to use English Language to that standard
Prior to starting your online application, you may find it useful to view our career pages here, job description and application guidance attached to this vacancy. We also have a webinar running on the 23rd May at 4pm. Please see the below link to register.
PCSO Information Webinar - Shared HR Service Centre (tal.net)
The closing date for the vacancy is on 4 June at 23:55
Interviews are expected to take place in June and August 2023.
Working for the constabulary
Policing in Derbyshire takes more than 3,500 people in a wide range of roles. Around half of these are police officers, but we also have a variety of police staff. From police community support officers to police staff and volunteers, we all play an equally important role in protecting the people of Derbyshire.
It’s a vibrant, challenging and rewarding place to work and we’re committed to equality and diversity. We aim to create a constabulary that truly reflects the communities we serve. As part of this, we promote Positive Action. This means when you apply to join us, as well as assessing you on merit, we’ll look at your application according to our need and in line with current legislation to actively encourage a more diverse workforce.