Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

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Update  : 24th December 2019

  • The PCSO recruitment window is now closed

 


 

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If you've previously applied to join us, check the status of an existing application here.

 

 

What are Police Community Support Officers?

PCSOs have been employed by West Yorkshire Police since 2003 and have proved to be a valuable asset.  West Yorkshire Police values difference and recognises that people with a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, bring fresh ideas and perspectives.

The role of PCSO is exciting, intense and varied and not just about walking around on patrol, you REALLY get hands on experience of frontline policing and helping the community.  The majority of the time you will be the first contact people have with the police and getting the ball rolling, putting things in place to start helping and improving people’s lives. 

Make a real difference to your local community.


What type of things does a PCSO do?

You might work alone, in pairs or in small teams.  Your work will vary a lot from one day to another but will include:

  • Dealing with anti-social behaviour, often working closely with local anti-social behaviour teams.
  • Guarding crime scenes.
  • Offering advice to crime prevention.
  • Issuing Fixed Penalty Notices.
  • Detaining someone until a police officer arrives.
  • Providing support at large public gatherings, such as sport events and public demonstrations.
  • Gathering intelligence from the community.

For a personal insights into the PCSO role watch our PCSO video profiles

 

Do you fit the bill?

  • No professional qualifications are required – we give you all the training and support you need.
  • You must be aged 18 or over at time of applying.
  • There's no upper age limit
  • You just need to have a genuine passion to care for our communities and be good at talking to the public in a diplomatic, confident and authoritative way - and of course, respect the differences between us all that make our communities what they are!

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary £20,619 to £22,833 + shift allowance

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Working hours, patterns and environment

When you join West Yorkshire Police you will be attached to a Neighbourhood Policing Team also known as an NPT and you will work a 10 week variable shift pattern (7 days on 4 days off) which keeps on repeating itself throughout the year. The work shifts will include weekends and may include Bank Holidays.

 

The Recruitment Process

There are three steps that you need to complete successfully in order to become a PCSO.

Once you submit your application it will be reviewed, and if it passes an initial assessment, you will be asked to come to an assessment process which comprises of:

  • 2 written tests
  • an interview
  • interactive exercises

If you succeed at the assessment process, you will be required to undertake a medical and vetting checks.

Please note:  Any job offer will be subject to satisfactory references, attendance and vetting checks

Click here to see the PCSO recruitment timeline for more details.

 

 

PCSO YouTube Videos

PCSO Gary Browne - Leeds District

 

PCSO Nicola Westle - Leeds District

PCSO Nicola Westle

 

PCSO Lyndon Thomas

 

Existing applicant?

If you've previously applied to join us, check the status of an existing application here.

 

 

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West Yorkshire Police encourages applications to be representative of the communities it serves. Read our Equality in Employment page.

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