Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
Vital members of
the Police Family
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.
What does a PCSO do?
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.
PCSO's are highly visible and often the eyes and ears of both the public and the police and provide a vital ink between partners, the local community and police teams across our force areas.
On a daily basis you may, carry out high visibility patrols, resolve problems concerning the local community, gather intelligence, deal with anti-social behaviour, preserver crime scenes and attend court as a witness.
You will need to be calm, confident and have a positive and mature nature, be a good communicator and be able to work well in a team and on your own.
PCSOs form an integral part of Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the Force and work closely with local authorities, the business community and Neighbourhood Watch to ensure local issues are tackled effectively.
Patrolling on foot or by bicycle, PCSOs fulfil a number of important roles – from dealing with low-level crime and anti-social behaviour, to forging links with the public and business within their communities.
They are designated with a plethora of powers ranging from the removal of abandoned vehicles to issuing fixed penalty notices. They carry out a range of other duties that do not require the powers of a police officer, such as taking reports of low-level crime and protecting crime scenes.
PCSOs assist in supporting the delivery of our strategic aims of ensuring that our communities are ‘listened to, understood, informed, protected and safe’.
PCSO Entry Requirements
Devon and Cornwall Police have removed the default/compulsory retirement age from all police staff posts with the exception of our helicopter pilots. This legislative change does not prevent individuals who are members of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) from choosing to retire in accordance with the rules of the scheme. All employees can retire at age 65 should they wish to do so.
Note: changes are proposed to both the Police Officers and LGPS schemes and therefore the information above may be subject to change. Police staff and officers should consult gov.uk pensions for the latest information.
All candidates will be subject to a pre-employment drugs test.
Severe colour vision deficiencies (monochromats) are not acceptable. However, other defects in colour vision will not be a bar to entry.
Candidates are requested to submit a colour photograph of all tattoos with their application.
We also have a policy of prohibiting any of our officers, staff and volunteers from becoming members of the BNP or similar organisations whose aims or pronouncements may contradict the duty to promote race equality.
Please let us know if you have a disability and the type of adjustment which you might need to enable you to apply for and do the job.
For more information about becoming a Police Community Support Officer please visit our resource library.