Cleveland Police recruitment drive to begin as it looks to boost PCSO numbers

Cleveland Police is searching for new PCSOs.
Cleveland Police is searching for new PCSOs.

Recruitment efforts to find new Police Community Support Officers to join the ranks of Cleveland Police will start next week.

The force will end applications after 200 are received from Monday or Sunday, March 20, whichever comes first.

PCSOs were last recruited in June and the 16 successful candidates are now undertaking a ten-week initial training programme.

Any successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre and interview, and will be asked to complete written tasks, take part in interactive role play exercises and have their basic numeracy and literacy skills assessed.

Once in the role, officers could be deployed anywhere in the force area according to demand.

They will work alongside regular police officers and their day to day work means they are 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.

An event for prospective candidates to find out more information will be held on Thursday, March 3, at Teesside University’s Centuria Building between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

There are 180 places available and those interested are asked to register for this event at: https://pcsorecruitment.eventbrite.co.uk.
Temporary 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.

"It is a demanding but hugely rewarding role.

“Those who wish to apply need to be committed to serving the community an understanding of what communities need as well as a strong commitment to making a difference.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I am delighted that recruitment is opening again for another intake of PCSOs.

"The role of a PCSO is to work within the heart of communities to help make Cleveland a safer place and to increase confidence in the police service.”

Applications will open at 11.30am on Monday on the Cleveland Police website www.cleveland.police.uk.