Derbyshire police looking for 20 new PCSOs

People in Derbyshire looking for a career change are being invited to apply to become Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Tuesday, 5th June 2018, 1:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th June 2018, 1:32 pm
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Derbyshire Constabulary is currently looking for up to 20 new PCSOs to start work in November.

PCSO's are uniformed civilians with a specialised set of legal powers. They work to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in communities.

Their main role is to patrol on foot, ensuring a highly visible presence on the streets.

PCSOs work with other organisations, such as local councils or housing associations, to tackle issues of local concern.

Typical duties for a PCSO include:

▪️Patrolling on foot or bicycle in all weathers, developing relationships with everyone in the local area and collecting information about what is happening in the local community.

▪️Dealing with minor offences and investigating low-level crimes.

▪️Conducting house-to-house enquiries.

▪️Guarding a crime scene.

▪️Visiting schools, community groups and other locations to provide advice to residents.

▪️Tackling anti-social behaviour.

▪️Meeting with partner organisations to discuss local problems and develop longer-term solutions.

The force is looking for people with a real commitment to help and supporting their local community, who are interested in people and want to know what's going on in the local area.

They said: "Perhaps you have a background in social work or housing, or have volunteered with a community organisation or charity?

"Maybe you’re concerned about problems you see in your local area, about opportunities for young people and about creating a safe environment for everyone? Whilst there is a legal and enforcement element to the role, and you will have legal powers you can use, we are more interested in people who can develop good working relationships with a wide range of people and with other organisations.

"Some of the issues you’ll be working on are long-term, and we’re looking for a long-term commitment from our new recruits. Whilst some of our PCSOs do go on to become police officers, this isn’t a training ground for becoming a police officer and the role is very different."

For all the details, and to apply, visit the website - www.derbyshire.police.uk/PCSORecruitment.