Do you want to join the police force? Here's how to apply and how much you'd earn

Applications to join Durham Constabulary as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) will open on Friday, November 22 at 5pm.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 11:30 am
File pic: PCSO recruitment drive

If you’re interested in joining the police force Durham Constabulary is looking to recruit 40 new PCSOs who will work alongside warranted officers to help tackle antisocial behaviour, conduct house-to-house enquiries and guard crime scenes.

Here’s what you need to know about the job:

What is the role of a PCSO?

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PCSOs are full-time, paid employees who play a ‘vital’ role in keeping the community safe. As part of the role, they also work with individuals and partner agencies to support vulnerable people and solve local concerns and problems. They work alongside warranted officers to help tackle antisocial behaviour, deal with minor offences, investigate low-level crimes, conduct house-to-house enquiries and guard crime scenes.

How much does a PCSO earn?

The role has a starting salary of around £18,951 per annum.You will also be paid extra for shift allowance and weekend working of 23%, giving an overall starting salary package of £23,350 rising to £24,800 per annum.

What are the requirements?

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply, and there is no upper age limit.

How to apply?

Applications for new recruits opened on Friday, November 22, at 5pm. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 13, at 5pm. Download an application pack here.

Why is it an important role?

Chief Inspector Steve Ball, from Durham Constabulary, said: “Working out on the frontline, they get to the very heart of our communities by tackling local issues, dealing with antisocial behaviour, engaging with different groups of people and building up key relationships with the people we serve.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone considering a career in policing to join our team. As with all constabulary roles, it is important that PCSOs reflect the communities they serve and applications are being encouraged from people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

“Whether you’re just starting out in life and want a career that makes a difference, or are more experienced and looking for your next challenge, we want to hear from you.”