What's it like to be a PCSO?

Work as a police community support office (PCSO) can be very exciting, as each day brings new challenges.

You will be involved in the fight against a range of crime and disorder problems.

Just some of the tasks PCSOs might encounter on a daily basis include:

The early intervention of PCSOs can often deter people from committing offences, and can contribute to stopping minor problems from turning into something more serious.

What is the difference between a PCSO and a police officer?

PCSOs don't have powers of arrest, cannot interview or process prisoners, cannot investigate crime and do not carry out the more complex and high-risk tasks that police officers perform.

You must be good on your feet

PCSOs spend much of their time on foot patrol, and are a visible, anti-crime presence in communities throughout England and Wales.

Because they are so visible, members of the public feel comfortable approaching them with questions or worries about anti-social behaviour or crime.

PCSOs must be able to communicate effectively and calmly in difficult situations and offer comfort and reassurance to the public.

Lots of responsibility

Work as a PCSO is demanding and brings with it a great deal of responsibility. You could, for example

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