Police community support officer

Police community support officer

“A police community support officer supports communities to address issues, problems and concerns which may or may not necessarily be crime- or incident-related”

The police community support officer role is different from a traditional police officer and so you’ll wear a distinct uniform from that of your regular police constable colleagues, although you’ll typically be issued with personal protective equipment, including a stab vest, high visibility jacket and police radio. You’ll be the visible and uniformed presence of the service in the community. As an apprentice, you’ll learn to foster and promote relationships (especially community cohesion and the principles underpinning diversity and inclusivity) across communities. You’ll be expected to support communities to address issues, problems and concerns that may or may not necessarily be crime- or incident-related, such as a badly lit pathway in a housing estate making elderly residents feel vulnerable, or youths gathering in residential areas at night.

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: English

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum