About the PCSO role

The primary role of a PCSO in Dorset is to contribute to the policing of neighbourhoods, primarily through highly visible uniformed cycle or foot patrol, with the purpose of engaging and reassuring the public, increasing orderliness in public places and being accessible to communities and partner agencies, through joint working at local level. Thereby supporting the delivery of the strategic aims of ensuring that our communities are ‘listened to, understood, informed, protected and safe’. PCSOs form an integral part of Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the force, and will help deliver the objectives of the team within the framework of the PCSO Deployment Policy, and Neighbourhood Policing Team role requirement.

The role of a PCSO

Every day you will make a difference, preventing trouble and making your community stronger and safer. You might need to step in to calm an argument in the street between a married couple. You could be running a meeting of angry residents who are worried about the redevelopment of land. You could be the first member of the police service that a troublemaker gets to know and talks to personally.

Your Priorities will be:

  • High visibility patrol
  • Low Level problem solving
  • Community engagement
  • Partnerships

What sort of things do PCSOs do?

  • Go on highly visible, uniformed foot patrols;
  • Work with communities in solving local problems;
  • Make house visits to gather intelligence and offer public reassurance after minor crimes or anti-social behaviour;
  • Get involved with key people in the community, such as community religious and business leaders;
  • Work with Community Watch, Neighbourhood Watch, Business Watch, Pub Watch, Farm Watch and House Watch schemes;
  • Protect crime scenes until police officers arrive;
  • Provide low-level crime prevention and personal safety advice;
  • Carry out low-level missing person enquiries;
  • Act as professional witnesses attending court when needed;
  • Support crime prevention
  • Engage with youths
  • Interact with schools
  • Support the Mobile Police Station; and
  • Support Community Safety Partnerships