PCSOs: What we do

Police community support officers (PCSOs) are vital members of the ‘police family’. They are not police officers, but they work closely with regular officers as part of the neighbourhood policing team. Their role is to provide a highly visible and reassuring presence across the region.

PCSOs do not have the same powers as police officers. Instead they have a range of designated powers that reflect the role they perform.

Working as a PCSO is interesting and varied. Every day brings fresh challenges and no two days are the same.

Our PSCO’s tackle a wide range of community issues and are often the first uniformed presence at the scene.

On a daily basis, a PCSO may:

  • carry out high visibility patrols
  • resolve problems concerning the local community
  • gather community intelligence
  • deal with anti-social behaviour
  • preserve crime scenes
  • attend court as a witness

To be a PCSO, you need to be:

  • Calm, confident, positive and mature
  • Have the ability to deal with difficult people and situations
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be a team player
  • Be prepared for long periods of foot patrol
  • Be able to deal with all types of people from all walks of life
  • Be accurate with paperwork
  • Respect the confidential nature of police work

For more information on being a Police Community Support Officer, please select 'Your guide to becoming a police community support officer'


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