Essex Police Community Support Officer

Posted on 22nd Nov 2019
Essex Eastern

Essex Police Community Support Officer

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

Various Locations (Detailed below)

Permanent and fixed term, full time (Open to part time applications)

Variable shifts (6 on 3 off rotating shift pattern covering 8am to 10pm, Mon to Sun)



About the role


PCSOs play an important role in keeping Essex a safe place to live, work and visit.


If you take on this challenging but rewarding job, your distinctive uniform will quickly make you a familiar face in the community.


You'll be a highly visible point of contact, working in the heart of the community, putting the public first and helping to prevent crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour. 


A Full time contract will a 37 hour working week, which will comprise of a 6 on 3 off shift pattern of early and late shifts covering the period 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, 7 days per week, for which a 12.5% shift allowance and weekend working enhancements are payable. Part time Contracts will vary.


All new PCSOs are fully supported in their training and development during their first year.  This includes a learning portfolio which you'll be expected to complete within your first 12 months of service.


Please note: if you are appointed as a PCSO, you may be posted to any location within Essex depending on the Force’s operational requirements.


Location of current roles are:


North LPA: Especially Frinton and Walton

West LPA: Harlow, Brentwood and Loughton (Buckhurst Hill)

This is may change and new vacancies could be added or some vacancies may change so this is not a guarantee of what will be offered to you.


About you


You'll need to be responsible, and used to dealing with and resolving conflicts. You should be good at problem solving and making decisions using your excellent analysis skills, and have excellent communication skills.


You’ll also be highly flexible and self-motivated.


At Essex Police we have set high standards of professionalism for ourselves and you will be expected to live up to these by putting victims and witnesses first and treating everyone with fairness, respect and dignity.


You will act with integrity, impartiality and take pride in your work while presenting a positive image to others.


Due to the nature of the role, you'll also need to be physically fit and pass our job related fitness test.


You must hold a full driving licence when you apply and you’ll need to be 18 years or older to apply.


How to apply


Read the job description, eligibility requirements, medical standards and application guidance, then complete and submit the application form. Please ensure you specify your preferred location on your application.


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The recruitment process


When we have received your completed application form we will shortlist against the stated criteria. Eligibility checks will then be completed and anyone who passes this will be booked into the Two Stage Assessment process, which is made of a written test and Interview.


If you are successful on the assessment process you will be invited to undertake medical screening and uniform fitting. Details of which will be sent to you at the appropriate time in the process.


Pre-employment checks will commence for all candidates following successful completion of the entire recruitment process.


The training course will be held at Essex Police College 31st October 2022. You will need to be available for the entirety of this 5 week course (Mon-Fri).


The closing date for this role is 16th July 2022.


Please note that internal applicants will not be required to take a break in service if successful for a fixed term contract.


For further information please contact the Corporate Recruitment Team on 01245 452234.





All of our posts require a level of vetting and security clearance.  During the recruitment process you will be sent vetting information forms to complete. 


Essex Police welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender, sex (or gender), employment status.


Please let us know if you require extra support at any stage of the application process, or for further information regarding this position, please email us at stating ‘Application Support and Adjustments’ in the title of your email. Alternatively, you can call us on 01245 452833.

Where appropriate we will make adjustments to the selection process, working arrangements and/or the working environment provided it is reasonable in all the circumstances to do so.


This post is open to British Citizens, members of the EC or other states in the European Economic Area. If you are a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national, you must be a resident in the UK free of restrictions and with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. All applications must have lived in the UK continuously for the past three years.


Essex Police is an equal opportunities employer. Communications may be recorded for monitoring purposes.


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