Police to recruit 30 PCSOs

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne
Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

Sussex Police is recruiting and training 30 new PCSOs.

The new intake, due to be deployed in September, will add to the 360 PCSOs working across the county.

The recruits will patrol neighbourhoods on foot and bicycle and deal with low-level nuisance and antisocial behaviour while building relationships with the public and businesses.

They will have the authority to remove vehicles, issue fixed penalty tickets, direct traffic and guard crime scenes.

The force is particularly looking for candidates in West Sussex who speak Eastern European languages.

The deadline for applications is May 24. 
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, said: “I know from talking to people across Sussex that PCSOs provide a vital service, working with councils and other agencies - and with local communities themselves - to deal with issues that matter most to them. 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.

“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.”

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