Police Community Support Officers | Suffolk Constabulary

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Police Community Support Officers

Band D: £23,361 – £26,433 per annum (pro rata'd for part time hours)
(Weekend allowance as appropriate)
Hours: 37 hours per week 
Contract Type: Fixed term contracts until March 2021
Closing Date: Midday on Wednesday 2nd October 2019

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 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to join over the coming months.

PCSO’s undertake key initiatives in engaging with local communities to deliver preventative actions. Both posts are full-time and are based at the following locations:

Post 1: Kesgrave, Rushmere and Ipswich. The successful candidate will cover both these locations with 26 hours covering Kesgrave and Rushmere and 11 hours covering Ipswich East.

Post 2: Haverhill or Newmarket (dependent on successful candidates preference)

Please make it clear on your application which post/s you are applying for.

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.

You must be able to work confidently with people from all backgrounds, be a good communicator, be able to make difficult decisions under pressure and remain calm in confrontational situations.

You must be physically fit and in order to undertake the training be able to perform extended foot/cycle patrol duties, often on your own and in all weather. You must also hold a current full driving licence at the time of application.

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.

Applicants who are successful at the paper sift stage will be required to attend a written assessment and an interview. These will take place late October at Police Headquarters, Martlesham.

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.

Important note: Please note that if successful, you will be required to undertake a mandatory period of induction training and tutoring following your appointment and you must be available to attend an initial 8 week period of training. If you have any leave booked, please contact us before submitting your application. During this mandatory training period, sessions may include days at Police Headquarters and other locations away from your nominated police station so you must be able and willing to accommodate this. If you anticipate any problems or difficulties with these arrangements, please let us know before submitting you application.

For full details of the essential skills and experience required for the role, please refer to the attached role profile before completing your application form and ensure that you provide clear evidence/examples as require – it will not be sufficient to provide general statements. Please also read the guidance notes at the back of the application form.

Suffolk Constabulary serves a diverse community and we seek to develop a workforce which reflects this. Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority groups in our community are currently under-represented within our workforce and we therefore welcome applications from these groups.

Role profile >>  pcso_role_profile_person_specification.pdf

Application form >> File pcso_application_form.docx

Completed applications should be returned to [email protected] by midday on Wednesday 2nd October 2019.  Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

Please note previous applicants within the last six months are not eligible to apply.

If you would like to discuss these opportunities further, please contact the recruitment team on 01953 425 699, extension 2334.