Expressions of Interest - Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)Apprenticeship

Posted on 8th Jan 2020
Sussex South East

Expressions of Interest - Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)Apprenticeship

As the key link with communities across Sussex our PCSOs are great communicators and problem solvers, who can provide reassurance and leadership.

You’ll get a good starting salary, opportunities for progression and the satisfaction that comes from helping others.

Submit your expression of interest today and we will contact you when recruitment opens.

Please be advised this is not an application for the role

The Role

Our PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe as part of our Neighbourhood Policing Teams, to prevent and tackle local issues.

You could be dealing with anti-social behaviour, taking statements from victims of crimes, gathering evidence or bringing offenders and victim together as part of Community Resolutions.

Above all, our PCSOs work with other police colleagues and partnership agencies to prevent harm and protect those who are vulnerable in our communities.

You will also have the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Community Policing Practice as part of your year-long initial training programme. 

By joining as a PCSO you can expect a career with variety, diversity, challenges, rewards and a qualification in community policing.


By successfully completing the recruitment process, you will join Sussex Police as a PCSO through our new 12-month apprenticeship programme. This will give you the best possible training and, upon successful completion, you will achieve a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice – equivalent to a Higher National Certificate (HNC), foundation degree or the first year of an undergraduate degree.

You will be paid a full salary of £22,599 plus unsocial hours shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year and you will not be charged any tuition fees. As a PCSO, you will work shifts. You will have a rotating shift pattern covering the full week Monday to Sunday between the hours of 8:00am and midnight, so you will need to be prepared to work weekends and Bank Holidays.

Eligibility Criteria
  • The following are our key eligibility criteria:

    • Hold a GCSE A*-C (4-9) or level 2 functional skills qualification in both English and Maths at point of application
    • You must be aged 18 at date of application – no upper age limit
    • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application
    • Have leave to enter or leave to remain and work in the UK for an indefinite period
    • Have a full UK manual driving licence (by the time of appointment)
    • Not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group
    • Not have tattoos which could cause offence 
    • Not have more than six penalty points on your driving licence.
    • Not have served a prison sentence



Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please read the FAQ's on our website.

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Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important to us that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have a multiple staff support groups who help improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.

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