Di­verse ap­pli­cants sought for po­lice com­mu­nity roles

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Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice are now tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers (PCSOS). PCSOS are part of com­mu­nity po­lice teams. They build re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance and un­der­stand the polic­ing is­sues that mat­ter most to them. Due to the na­ture of the role, can­di­dates can bring skills from a va­ri­ety of back­grounds. They may come from a ca­reer in cus­tomer ser­vice or they might have worked for an­other blue light or­gan­i­sa­tion. Par­ents re­turn­ing to work af­ter tak­ing time out are wel­come, with flex­i­ble work­ing pat­terns around school times con­sid­ered by the force to help bal­ance work and per­sonal life com­mit­ments. They’re also keen for can­di­dates with the abil­ity to speak other lan­guages In re­turn, the force can of­fer suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants a start­ing salary of £19,719, a gov­ern­ment pen­sion scheme and the op­por­tu­nity to make a real dif­fer­ence to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in Bris­tol, Som­er­set, South Glouces­ter­shire and Bath. As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Steve Cullen said: “Neigh­bour­hood polic­ing is the bedrock of polic­ing across Avon and Som­er­set. Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers are at are the heart of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. They are vis­i­ble and en­gage with the pub­lic, pro­vide re­as­sur­ance, safe­guard and prob­lem solve. Be­ing a PCSO is an ex­cit­ing re­ward­ing di­verse job. “We en­cour­age peo­ple from all back­grounds to ap­ply as we want our PCSOS to be a re­flec­tion of our com­mu­ni­ties. We need peo­ple with dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for us, so we can be the best we can be.” PCSO in train­ing Richard Ri­ley is due to start his role in a few weeks, he said: “I made my very first ap­pli­ca­tion in 2009 and af­ter an­other cou­ple of at­tempts was pleased to be ac­cepted at in­ter­view in Jan­uary 2018. “I found the ap­pli­ca­tion process de­mand­ing, but rightly so. It needs to be rig­or­ous as it’s an im­por­tant role. I worked in a desk job for a lo­cal parish coun­cil be­fore tak­ing up this role and wanted to be­come a PCSO be­cause it’s a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of who I am.” Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Sue Mountstevens said: “PCSOS help pro­mote com­mu­nity safety and re­duce the fear of crime with their proac­tive and vis­i­ble pres­ence. I con­tin­u­ally hear con­sid­er­able praise for our PCSOS from res­i­dents and how they are mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. “It is es­sen­tial that your po­lice ser­vice rep­re­sents the com­mu­ni­ties it serves, so the Con­stab­u­lary are par­tic­u­larly en­cour­ag­ing ap­pli- cations from peo­ple with a wide range of skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and from di­verse back­grounds. I hope many more peo­ple con­sider this ca­reer within the polic­ing ser­vice.” Those un­sure about ap­ply­ing are ad­vised to fill out the first stage, so that they can do the sec­ond stage, and main ap­pli­ca­tion. Those who have com­pleted the first stage have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a Dis­cov­ery Work­shop at the St Werburgh’s Cen­tre in Bris­tol, on Tues­day 15 Jan­uary from 9pm. Prospec­tive ap­pli­cants will be able to find out more about the role and have prac­ti­cal sup­port fill­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion form if needed. Those in­ter­ested in join­ing a work­shop need to book a place in ad­vance by email­ing Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Work­[email protected]­nand­som­er­set.po­lice.uk Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Mon­day, Jan­uary. 14.

Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner

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