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Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)- HC21050


Policing is a career like no other. Our police officers, police staff and volunteers show courage, teamwork and compassion on a daily basis to make a real difference to people’s lives in the communities they serve.

We look for all kinds of skills, because we know it takes all kinds of people to protect the public. Problem solving, compassion, resilience, respect, courage and teamwork. These are the qualities we are looking for, and if you think you might have the skills to serve why not apply?

About the role


As a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), you will wear a uniform and work at the heart of the local community, providing a visible and accessible uniformed presence to improve the quality of life and offer public reassurance. You’ll benefit from great variety in what you do every day and play a key part in crime prevention building partnerships with local groups, schools and others to achieve this. You’ll also be given powers of entry to save life and prevent damage, and Hampshire Constabulary PCSOs wear personal protective equipment when on duty in the form of body armour. It’s a role with the potential to send you home every day with a tangible feeling of pride, knowing you’ve made a real difference to people’s lives.


Some people join the constabulary to be a career PCSO and others join as it opens up opportunities to develop skills and experience needed to serve in other roles such as a police officer.

Salary and Other Benefits


In addition to a highly rewarding career and a competitive base salary of £20,619 to £22,833 per annum, you’ll receive shift allowance and weekend enhancement making your potential earnings far higher. Our benefits are extensive too and include:

  • An attractive contributory pension scheme
  • Childcare Voucher and Cycle to Work schemes.
  • Access to Hampshire Police Leisure and Sport (providing a range of family and sporting activities).
  • Gym facilities at a number of our buildings.

You also have the opportunity to be part of a large organisation with all the potential opportunity for development and progression that can bring. Many police officers start off life in other police roles, which can provide vital experience that gives them the edge over other candidates.

Essential Application Criteria


This role is subject to satisfactory vetting clearance.


While you don’t need any specific qualifications, beyond good English and general IT skills, it is important that you’re professional under pressure: able to work with others, assess information, consider options and make clear, justifiable decisions.


You must meet our eligibility criteria and the assessment process and the role is both mentally and physically challenging. As well as a medical examination, there’s a fitness test to pass (and repeat annually). Then, once you’re in, we’ll give you comprehensive training on the legal impact of the role, and how to deal with different situations and characters.


The role holder may be required to visit various locations within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and must hold a current full driver's licence and be prepared to take and pass a Force driving course if required. 

In evaluating applications we assess against the following Competencies and Personal Qualities. Reading the below links will assist you in your application.


We are emotionally aware Level 1
We take ownership Level 1
We are Collaborative Level 1
We deliver, support and inspire Level 1
We analyse critically Level 1


Candidate Guidance for Completing Application Forms

How do I apply?


If you’ve got the skills and qualities we are looking for as a Police Community Support Officer, please follow this online application link to apply. 


A full role profile for the Police Community Support Officer role can be viewed here.


Please note that this is a rolling recruitment campaign. Applications will be shortlisted when they are received.


As well as PCSO roles we are often advertising for a range of police officer and staff roles. More about this is available by searching “Hampshire Police careers” online.


Thank you for your interest, and if you have any queries please get in touch with the Police Recruitment team on 01962 846438 or email: police.recruitment@hants.gov.uk


Hampshire Constabulary is an inclusive employer and strives to have a workforce representative of the communities we police and serve. We recognise that we are not fully representative and are working to address this imbalance through a variety of initiatives.


The Equality Act 2010 allows us to promote equality within Hampshire Constabulary by adopting Positive Action to support people from under-represented groups. Our aim is to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills and experience and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Our Positive Action team are available to provide support through the application and assessment process by contacting: positive.action@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


The Disability Confident campaign aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that people have opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. We will accommodate requests for reasonable adjustments where possible throughout our recruitment and promotions processes and encourage anyone requiring reasonable adjustments to disclose this at the earliest opportunity.

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