Police Community Support Officer - Apprentice: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Thames Valley Police
302, North Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 2DS
£19,835.00 annually
10 Oct 2019
01 Dec 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
Applications are invited for our new PCSO Apprenticeship. Forget the stereotype - modern apprenticeships offer new opportunities to earn and learn for everyone from college leavers to career changers. As an apprentice PCSO your on-the-job learning will also be accredited with a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.

PCSO's play an integral part in neighbourhood policing:
  • providing a visible presence on the streets
  • making communities safer and stronger
  • working in local communities and understanding their needs
  • gathering information and intelligence to support law enforcement
  • conflict resolution
  • building relationships with members of the local community
  • working with police constable colleagues

You will be confident, resilient and comfortable dealing with all sections of the community with the ability to make decisions and work with partners to solve problems. A positive character with a professional approach, you act with integrity and treat individuals with respect.

Entry requirements:
  • English Language or Literature and maths at GCSE grades C/4 or above (or equivalent)
  • Age 18 at date of application - no upper age limit
  • Full Driving Licence (you can apply with a provisional licence, but you will need to have passed your test before being allocated to an intake)

  • Ten weeks' Operational Learning at our Force Training Centre in Sulhamstead, designed to give you a solid understanding in the essentials of a PCSO's role and powers
  • Ten weeks' Coached Patrol on your Local Police Area (LPA)
  • 31 weeks Operational Deployment with coaching, support and assessmentto enable you to achieve the Level 4 Certificate in Community Policing Practice

Successful candidates will go into a recruitment pool to fill planned PCSO intakes from January 2020 onwards, subject to posting choices and vacancies.

Only one application should be submitted for either Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire. Duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Please read application advice before submitting an application.

If you have any queries, please contact the PCSO Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 quoting reference 1234.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good standard of verbal and written English with strong communication skills
  • Good standard of numeracy
  • Ability to drive
  • IT literate
  • Ability to patrol for long periods of time
  • Ability to undertake physical personal safety training

Personal qualities

  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with members of the community, partners and colleagues
  • Ability to deal assertively with difficult and confrontational situations
  • Ability to work on your own initiative

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) inEnglish and maths.

Future prospects

Development opportunities either within the role of a PCSO orwider within Thames Valley Policee.g. Police Officer or Police Staff Investigator.

Things to consider

Once trained, youwill frequentlybe patrolling on your own, so you need to feel confident engaging with a diverse spectrum of people.