Community Support (PCSO)

Police community support officers (PCSOs) are vital members of the ‘police family’. They are not police officers, but they work closely with them as part of the neighbourhood policing team. Their role is to provide a highly visible and reassuring presence.

PCSOs do not have the same powers as police officers. Instead they have a range of designated powers that reflect the role they perform.

Working as a PCSO is interesting and varied. Every day brings fresh challenge. It take a motivated enthusiastic well rounded individual to perform the role of a PCSO. Our PSCO’s tackle a wide range of community issues and are often the first uniformed presence at the scene.

On a daily basis, a PCSO may:

  • carry out high visibility patrols
  • resolve problems concerning the local community
  • gather community intelligence
  • deal with anti-social behaviour
  • preserve crime scenes
  • attend court as a witness

To be a PCSO, you need to be:

  • Calm, confident, positive
  • Have the ability to deal with difficult people and situations
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be a team player
  • Be able to deal with all types of people from all walks of life
  • Respect the confidential nature of police work

The recruitment for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) is presently closed. To register your interest ahead of the next campaign please email PCSO-recruitment@dorset.pnn.police.uk and we will be sure to make contact ahead of the next launch date.

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