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PCSO recruitment opens

June 9, 2017
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Nottinghamshire Police has welcomed a new cohort of PCSOs to its policing family – and now the proud recruits are urging others to follow in their footsteps by applying to become a PCSO with the Force as part of its latest recruitment campaign.

Cohort 1/17 passed-out in front of families and friends on Friday 2 June 2017 at Hucknall Police Station. The cohort of 10 was inspected by Nottinghamshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable, Rachel Barber, who congratulated the PCSOs on completing their initial six-week course and welcomed them to the Force.

She said: “It’s a really good time to join us as a PCSO. It’s an extremely rewarding job. There’s lots to do and PCSOs have a vital role within the communities they serve.

“Now their powers have been fully bestowed upon them, these PCSOs will be among Nottinghamshire Police’s main faces in their communities day in and day out, taking pride in the job they do, making a positive contribution to local policing and strengthening the vital links between communities and police.”

After the ceremony, PCSO Philip Button said: “I feel very proud. I would say to anyone thinking about applying to become a PCSO to go for it. I’ve really enjoyed learning about all the jobs we can do and what’s involved.”

PCSO Sarah Richardson added: “I feel overwhelmed with pride. I enjoyed the role plays we did during our training and I’d say to people thinking about applying, who fancy a change and it’s the right direction for them, to give it a go.”

PCSO Carly Mattison, who had previously served as a PCSO with Derbyshire Police for about 18 months before transferring to Nottinghamshire, said: “It’s probably the best job I’ve ever had. For anyone intent on becoming a regular police officer it’s definitely worth applying to become a PCSO as it will give you a real insight.

“No two days are the same, it’s a really varied job. One day you could be at a school giving a talk to the children and the next day you could be executing a warrant.

“I like being out in a community, engaging with people, and it’s a good feeling to know you’ve made a difference.”

Learning and Development Officer from Nottinghamshire Police, Bob Fox, said: “The biggest reward for me has been to see these officers grow and develop over time. They will now be tutored for a period of time before going on independent patrol.

“We impress on them that no matter where they are they always have the support of colleagues and the rest of Nottinghamshire Police.”

Nottinghamshire Police is now recruiting for PCSOs, with applications closing on Friday 23 June 2017.

As a PCSO you will be able to develop your skills in dealing with people and will gain job satisfaction from making a difference in your community.

Every day you will see how your role makes a positive contribution to local policing, solving issues that affect quality of life for the community and making your community stronger and safer.

Working alongside regular police officers, you will have a key role in making local neighbourhoods safer and through your presence help the community feel safer.

You might need to step-in to calm an argument in the street, or you could be running a meeting for residents who are worried about the impact the redevelopment of land could have on their community.

You could be the first member of the police service that deals with an individual causing nuisance or behaving in an antisocial way - talking to them, building a rapport and influencing their behaviour.

If you’d like to apply to become a PCSO, or you are an existing PCSO seeking fresh opportunities and looking to transfer from your current Force area into Nottinghamshire Police, visit http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/jobs/pcso

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