PCSOs walking through a town centre

What happens after I apply?

Once you have submitted your application to become a police community support officer, this is what happens next.

Once you submit your application it will be reviewed, and if it passes an initial assessment, you may be asked to come to an assessment centre to:

  • undertake an interview
  • take part in two interactive exercises
  • take part in two written exercises

If these tests go well, you will need to undergo background and security checks, and a basic medical examination.

If all of these are clear, you will be recommended for appointment to a force in your area.

For more information on the assessment centre please go to the College of Policing website.

While many forces run this process, some may have their own recruitment processes in place.  Please check with your chosen force about their recruitment process.

Many training options

Each force currently has its own training programme for incoming police community support officer (PCSO) candidates. However, to reflect the increasing importance of PCSOs and the professionalism of the police force, a new PCSO training programme was introduced in April 2006. The new training programme will be national and will be assessed against recognised National Occupational Standards (NOS).

The changes to the training programme are being introduced across the country now. Check with your chosen force for details of the training programme they run.

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