If you’d like a job where the work you do will have a direct impact on the lives of the community, why not consider applying to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)?
PCSO Steve Siggers joined Hertfordshire Constabulary as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in 2009 and has never looked back.
Steve explained: “I genuinely love making a difference. I know it sounds like a cliché but that is a big part of the job – caring about people.
“You’re visible in the street. You get to know your patch and the people living in it, and they get to know you personally. People like to see us and that aspect is so important. The job is so varied. When I applied I never imagined I would be doing the types of things I do. I’d say to anyone who might be thinking about joining that if you want to make a difference to people’s lives and you think you could do it, then apply.”
In the role of a PCSO you have a direct impact on the community you serve. Your days are driven by protecting people from crime, helping people in need and being a reassuring presence on the streets.
PCSOs work in Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the county. Safer Neighbourhood Teams work with the community to improve the quality of life for residents and make their area safer, by proactively tackling crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Workforce Development Superintendent Clare Smith said: “We greatly value our PCSOs.
“PCSOs play a crucial role in keeping the county safe by being a visible deterrent to criminals whilst out on patrol, as well as helping to find long term solutions to ASB and identifying people who may be vulnerable to crime and finding solutions to help them.
“We want a police force that represents the community it serves and would encourage people from all walks of life to apply.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “Hertfordshire’s PCSOs do a superb job. They are the first port of call for people who are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour or non-serious crime, or those who just want some friendly police advice.
“My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan outlines my aim to ensure that the local policing model in Hertfordshire is maintained and supported by a Safer Neighbourhood Team and PCSOs play a bit part in the policing family. Our PCSOs are out and about every day in every neighbourhood across the county – their faces are well-known and they are trusted in their communities.”
If you are interested, you must have a full current driving licence and you will be required to work a rotating shift pattern, including working some weekends and evenings to 11pm. Successful candidates will be required to work at various locations around the county and must pass a fitness test, as PCSOs are expected to be on active patrol (on foot or bicycle) for their shifts.
For further information, please visit our recruitment website www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk