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PCSO - Link Officer

Museum Street, Ipswich
Full Time (37 Hours) - Permanent
£24,546 - £27,774 per annum, plus weekend working allowance
Closing Date: Friday 29 October 2021 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: L2105 on application form

Suffolk’s Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner continue to be committed to ensuring their staff are visible to the public and keep all those living, working, visiting and investing in Suffolk safe.  Suffolk Constabulary is looking for a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to join over the coming months.

PCSOs undertake key initiatives in engaging with local communities to deliver preventative actions. This role is permanent, full time and based at Museum Street in Ipswich.

PCSOs contribute to a problem-solving approach to tackling issues in neighbourhoods, by focusing on reducing crime and disorder in public places and helping to manage demand on policing services, as well as being accessible to communities and working with partner agencies. PCSOs carry out visible patrols, helping to reassure the public and building relationships with local communities.

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of different audiences both internally and externally whilst building and maintaining effective partner relationships
  • Demonstrate effective early intervention and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability of working independently and collaboratively as part of a team including partnership and community working
  • Evidence of using own initiative to meet deadlines with a high level of flexibility, integrity and motivation
  • Good keyboard skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and internet-based systems
  • Ability to travel within Suffolk as required
  • Ability to work flexibly on a shift pattern which may include weekends and bank holidays
  • Ability to undertake the physical demands of the role including long walking patrols and undertake low risk Personal Safety Training
  • Full driving licence with the ability to drive force vehicles as required

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Previous experience working with the public

Role profile >> pcso_role_profile_person_specification.pdf

PCSOs work on a shift system, working between 08:00 and 18:00 hours, across Monday to Sunday. Appropriate allowances are paid for working outside core hours. Payment of these working allowances will commence once the initial training period has been completed and the relevant shift pattern is adopted for the role. This post is offered on a permanent basis.

Applicants who are successful at the paper sift stage may be invited to interview which will be conducted remotely via Teams, or face to face.

All successful candidates will undergo pre-employment checks which will include; medical assessment, security vetting checks and references. On appointment you will also be required to undergo biometric testing.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected].