West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner Bob Jones is looking for 50 Police Community Support Officers to join the force.
The search for 50 new Police Community Support Officers has started today. Each new recruit will join a neighbourhood policing team, which includes police officers and PCSOs, led by a sergeant. This really effective team allows PCSOs to be at the heart of the neighbourhood and dealing with issues that don’t require full policing powers.
Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones, said: “PCSOs are an integral part of the local policing team. They increase visibility and increase public confidence in policing.
When PCSOs were introduced, initial reviews actually saw crime increase in the areas they patrolled. It was thought at first that this meant they had failed. In reality, the additional presence and reassurance PCSOs bring meant that our communities felt more confident to come forward and report crimes.
Over time, the better intelligence and understanding of crime in the area that PCSOs provided has led to significant crime reduction – a pattern we’ve seen across the Force. This is why I am committed to retaining PCSOs as part of neighbourhood policing and recruiting an additional fifty PCSOs to maintain their strength.”
Please watch West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner Bob Jones video statement below
PCSOs will be recruited to cover local neighbourhood teams in Coventry, Birmingham City Centre, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Those who apply to become a PCSO will undergo a seven week intensive training programme, followed by a probationary period. It is expected that the new recruits will be in post by March 2014.
Please apply here