Recruitment begins for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Special Constables to join Cleveland Police on Wednesday 25th January.
There will be a four week application window from the launch date which will be closed when 200 applications are received or on Wednesday 22nd February, whichever comes first.
PCSOs were last recruited in November 2016 and the 15 successful candidates are now on the beat. The last intake of Special Constables resulted in 20 men and women being appointed. The cohort are about to complete their training which began in October last year.
Those who are successful in the initial stages of application are invited to attend an assessment centre where they will be asked to complete written tasks and take part in interactive role play exercises.
Recruitment for Police Officers will be opened at Easter, and as applicants cannot have live applications open in the same recruitment period for becoming a PCSO and a Police Officer, you may want to wait a couple of months to apply if you are interested in becoming a Police Officer.
This year, thanks to additional funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, the Force is able to recruit up an additional 16 PCSOs, meaning that we can recruit a total of up to 34 with two intakes of 16, one across 2017 and one in early 2018.
Once in the role, PCSOs could be deployed anywhere in the Force area according to demand. They will work alongside regular police officers and act as a visible point of contact for residents. Other tasks range from taking part in high visibility reassurance patrols, to working with children and young people, conducting door to door enquiries in major crimes, and attending community meetings.
The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. 'Specials', as these constables are often known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants, electricians or any number of other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police force. Specials play a key role in local policing and have the same powers in law as regular police officers, including the power of arrest. However, the role of Specials can also extend into more complex areas of policing.
Events for prospective candidates to find out more information will be held at Teesside University’s Centuria Building between Wednesday 18th January and Friday 27th January.
Wednesday 18th January - Special Constable Events both in room H0.01
Thursday 19th January – Special Constable / Positive Action Event
4.30-6pm in room H0.01 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cleveland-police-special-constable-positive-action-recruitment-event-tickets-30954425520
Thursday 26th January – PCSO Events both in room H0.01
6.30 - 8pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cleveland-police-pcso-recruitment-event-tickets-30955117590
Friday 27th January – PCSO / Positive Action Event
4.30-6pm in H0.01 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cleveland-police-pcso-recruitment-positive-action-event-tickets-30955003248
Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “Becoming a PCSO is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to work in their local community and be part of a public service. Special Constables play a vital role in keeping our neighbourhoods safe with the experience and skills they offer complementing those of our regular officers. It is a demanding but hugely rewarding role.
“Those who wish to apply need to be committed to serving the community and an understanding of what communities need as well as a strong commitment to making a difference.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “This investment shows our continuing commitment to neighbourhood policing.
“The additional PCSOs and Special Constables will make a valuable contribution to our ongoing work to keep our communities safe.
“Working in the emergency services is a challenging but extremely rewarding career, and I urge people who want to make a real difference in their communities to apply.”
Applications will open at 11am on Wednesday 25th January on the Cleveland Police website, www.cleveland.police.uk
Posted on Thursday 12th January 2017