Do you have the qualities we’re looking for in a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)?
Broxtowe South Police: Beeston, Chilwell, Stapleford and surrounding areas are currently recruiting for this essential role but you’ll need to get your application in quick before the Friday 11 November deadline.
As a PCSO you will be able to develop your skills in dealing with people and will gain job satisfaction from making a difference in your community.
Every day you will see how your role makes a positive contribution to local policing, solving issues that affect quality of life for the community and making your community stronger and safer.
Working alongside regular police officers, you will have a key role in making local neighbourhoods safer and through your presence help the community feel safer.
You might need to step in to calm an argument in the street, or you could be running a meeting for residents who are worried about the redevelopment of land. You could be the first member of the police service that deals with an individual causing nuisance or behaving in an anti-social way – talking to them, building a rapport and influencing their behaviour.
PCSO Kath Parker-Palmer, who is based at Worksop Police Station, said: “This role is so varied, every day is different and I love that.
“I enjoy challenging myself and learning new things and I enjoy helping people with their problems and supporting them.
“You need to be a good listener and think ‘out of the box’ to solve sometimes complex problems. You also need to be resilient, flexible, non judgemental and a great communicator.”
PCSO Parker-Palmer joined Nottinghamshire Police in August 2013. She’d previously worked in an office for 30 years in a customer service role.
She added: “Dealing with people who are experiencing substantial difficulties in their lives has been a massive learning curve for me, however the support you receive to enable you to deal with these type of incidents is amazing.
“My proudest moment so far has been completing a three-month secondment with the Prince’s Trust team programme and enabling young people to get back into work – very challenging, but equally rewarding.
“I am now involved in a community project at a local community centre with the Polish community and I am learning to speak the language.
“As a PCSO there’s no such thing as a typical day at work and that’s why I love it.
“A day can include any of the following: social care meetings, multi-agency meetings, foot patrols engaging with the community, patch walks with other agencies like the fire service and council, re-visiting vulnerable people in the community, Pub Watch meetings with local publicans, visits to schools, transport commitments to custody with officers, scene preservation, transporting witnesses for the ID suite and house-to-house enquiries.
“As my sergeant says this job is an adventure. Embrace everything, never assume anything, approach each task with an open mind and volunteer for everything. If you do you will learn lots of new skills and have lots of fun.”
If you’d like to apply to become a PCSO visit http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/jobs/pcso