Police seek PCSOs with foreign language skills

A job advert seeking police community support officers (PCSOs) who speak Eastern European languages is a sign of a decade of uncontrolled immigration, Crawley MP Henry Smith has said.

Sussex Police is currently recruiting 30 new PCSOs and is particularly looking for candidates who speak foreign languages to improve communication and policing.

But Mr Smith said it was immigrants who should be speaking English.

He said: “I think Sussex Police advertising for a PCSO who speaks an eastern European language is a sign of the uncontrolled levels of immigration we’ve seen over the past decade. I think what is important are immigrants being able to speak English rather than rely on costly translators. The new Immigration Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech recently will finally help tackle this issue.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne responded: “It’s important that our PCSOs reflect all the different communities within Sussex so they have a good understanding of the things that concern the communities they are policing. This includes people from Eastern Europe, in particular in Arun, but also other areas of Sussex. We are looking in particular for PCSOs who have additional language skills we believe can help break through language barriers and so improve our policing response.”

A police spokesman said a second language was not a condition of application or acceptance.

The deadline for applications is Friday (May 24) with the successful recruits to be deployed in September. They will patrol neighbourhoods on foot and bike dealing with low-level nuisance and antisocial behaviour while building relationships with the public and businesses.

Ms Bourne added: “There had been an understandable and necessary decrease in recruitment in previous years, but I am delighted that we are now able to recruit 30 more PCSOs in Sussex.”

For job details go to www.sussex.police.uk/policing-in-sussex/work-with-us/pcsos/