New Police Community Support Officer’s being recruited this month will be among the first to gain a new qualification.
A major recruitment drive to recruit PCSOs begins on 11 March, thanks to increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Over the next year our local policing will be strengthened with 100 new PCSOs being recruited.
As well as joining the force, the recruits will undertake a new learning and development programme- the PCSO Apprenticeship – that will result in a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.
Sussex Police is among the first forces in the country to introduce this apprenticeship programme.
Chief Constable Giles York said:
“With the precept increase we are able to recruit an additional 100 PSCOs over the next year. By recruiting more PCSOs and putting them where they are most needed we will be in the best position to achieve our aim of keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”
“I am delighted we are offering this new qualification to all of our new PSCO recruits. This fantastic opportunity means that we are professionalising policing and with it, continue to demonstrate the value of the work all of our teams do on a daily basis. We believe that by offering an apprenticeship we can ensure policing remains an attractive and competitive career option. We expect that it will appeal to those who may not have considered policing as a career choice for them in the past.”
Recruitment is now open for the PCSO role and closes on March 25 and details can be found here.