We are not currently recruiting for PCSOs.
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
inspire confidence on the streets of Essex.
They strive to make our communities safer and stronger yet
perform one of the most demanding roles in the modern police
Although we are not currently recruiting for PCSOs take a look
around our PCSO pages to find out more about what being a PCSO is
can't make arrests and they don’t carry handcuffs or a baton. They
rely on their ability to understand and communicate with some of
the most challenging people in some of the most difficult
As a result we're looking for special qualities.
Have you got what it takes?
Put yourself in the shoes of a PCSO. These are some
of the issues you may have to resolve.
- How would you deal with a group of binge drinkers dancing in
- What would you do to re-build the confidence of an elderly
couple who were burgled last week?
- How would you handle young people using a shopping centre
as an indoor cycle track?
PCSOs work within neighbourhood policing teams helping to solve
local issues by getting out in community, meeting people and
offering advice and support to people who live and work in the
PCSOs deal with minor
offences and support front-line policing. They do not make arrests,
conduct interviews, deal with prisoners or investigate serious
crime. PCSOs go out on solo patrols which means they will be
expected walk their areas alone.
What can you expect?
giving a school talk, I walk the estate and all the children come
running over shouting my name, excited to tell me what they have
been up to.
PCSO Joanne Ashford, Braintree
As a PCSO you can expect to:
- Go on highly visible solo foot patrols
- Support Neighbourhood Policing Teams to solving local
- 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 Horse Watch schemes
- Protect crime scenes until police officers arrive
- Collect CCTV evidence
- Provide low-level crime prevention and personal safety
- 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
Hours and Salary
Essex Police PCSOs work 37 hours per week full time.
However part-time hours may be possible.
Starting salary is £18,006 per annum (pay award pending)
although PCSOs are entitled to a shift allowance of around
14 per cent once they have completed their initial training.
The exact allowance depends on shift pattern and the division
they work in.