500 people apply for 60 PCSO posts

Katy Bourne. PCC for Sussex. 13/12/13
Katy Bourne. PCC for Sussex. 13/12/13

MORE than 500 people responded to Sussex Police’s advert for Police Community Support Officers.

The force began its search on December 11 and those who got through now face a selection process involving scenario tests, English skills and verbal reasoning.

The successful candidates will join Sussex Police for an eight-week course before being tutored on the streets.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “PCSOs perform an important role within the community which includes dealing with low-level nuisance and anti-social behaviour, issuing fixed penalty tickets and conducting other duties that do not require the powers of a police officer. These officers provide valuable support to frontline police helping to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and help maintain visibility of the police within the local community.”

Sussex’s police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said: “This is a great result, particularly given that the recruitment window was open for just three weeks and over the holiday period.

“I am delighted that there are so many residents out there who see the value in becoming a PCSO and making a difference in their local communities. I wish those who have been initially successful all the very best with the next stage of the application process.”

The recruitment window for 60 PCSOs closed at midday on Thursday (January 2).