Recruitment Process

Stage 1 – Completion of Application Form

The first stage in the recruitment process requires you to complete an application form. Your answers to the competency based questions will help us to decide whether you have the skills and experience required to become a Police Community Support Officer. This is a pass/fail element.

Stage 2 – Interview & Fitness

The questions at the interview will be based on the competencies in the job description. The interview is expected to last up to 30-45 minutes.

The Job Related Fitness Test consists of one element designed to test your endurance.

Endurance Test (multi stage shuttle run)

Commonly called the bleep test, you will be asked to keep running between two points which are 15 metres apart. The speed you must run is dictated by a bleep, and the time allowed to run one shuttle will get shorter as the level increases.

You must reach Level 5.4 to pass.

Stage 3 – Medical Assessment

The medical assessment stage of the recruitment process will require you to complete a medical history questionnaire and attend our Occupational Health Unit for a medical assessment which will include an eyesight test. This is to confirm you are fit for duty as a PCSO.

Stage 4 – Background Enquiries

It is necessary for us to perform security vetting checks in line with Home Office policy and we also take up references from both current and previous employers/education establishments to cover the last 5 years.