Police Community Support Officers
The beating heart of the local community
If you are a people person, who wants to make a real difference to the local community, then you are in the right place.
Our Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) perform a really important role in the police service. Some of the key roles and responsibilities of a PCSO include:
- Communication and negotiation – The role of a PCSO is different to that of a police officer. Your greatest skill is communication and negotiation. You will be key in the community dealing with anti-social behaviour and minor crime, but by being at the forefront of the community, you will encounter varied experiences every day.
- Designated powers – The of a PCSO have several powers and abilities that may be exercised in role. Such as, power to, issue fixed penalty notice for littering, breach of dog control order, seize vehicle used to cause alarm and cycling on a footpath and so many more.
- Building relationships and community engagement – The role is crucial to organising events, building relationships with the public and partner agencies, and dealing with the issues at a very local level in the community.
- Exceptional training – you will receive exceptional training to equip you to deal with suitable incidents in your day-to-day role. You may be called upon to be a credible witness, submit witness statements, conduct minor crime enquiries and follow up with victims of crime.
This role attracts a shift allowance of 25.49% after training
- Paper sift
- Interview/presentation - on the assessment day, you will have time before the presentation to prepare
- Pre-employment checks including vetting, fitness, medical, substance misuse, biometric vetting and references
- Uniform fitting
Paper sift will commence week 12/12/2022
Interview/presentation will commence week 03/01/2022
PROPOSED START DATE - April 2023
Subject to successfully passing the recruitment process, you will be appointed to the role. Please note that successful applicants will undertake seven weeks initial training before being posted onto their dedicated area. Regrettably during this period, no annual leave can be taken.
Helping you through the recruitment process
We know that working for the police can be both exciting and daunting, so we want to help you through the recruitment process as much as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 101, extension 342401.
As a service we are committed to working towards a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we proudly serve. To help us achieve this, we have a dedicated Positive Action Team that ensure we recruit from the widest possible talent, including those from ethnic minority communities, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. To find out more please visit www.PositiveActionPolice.co.uk
To find out more about the role of a PCSO, go online at
Why work for Northamptonshire Police?
Northamptonshire Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.
If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Northamptonshire Police is the force for you.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Northamptonshire Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.
All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.
All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.
Recruitment and Selection Policy
Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.
Internal applicants must have line manager support prior to proceeding with an application.
Police Barred and Advisory lists
Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.
Vetting and safeguarding
Northamptonshire Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.
This vacancy is closed to applications.