PEOPLE keen to make a difference to the communities they live in are being invited to apply to become a PCSO.

Avon and Somerset Police is now taking applications for Police Community Support Officers.

The force says PCSOs play a critical role, providing a visual presence to reassure members of the public and regularly work with partner agencies to solve community concerns and problems.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “PCSOs have made a huge difference to the way in which we police since their introduction in 2002.

“We’ve seen big changes in policing over the years and are having to adapt as we see demand for our services increase. PCSOs have and continue to provide very visible presence on the streets, working with local people, business and partners.

“As the communities within our force area become more diverse it’s more important than ever that we represent the communities in which we serve. That’s why we’re encouraging people of all faiths, sexualities, ethnicities and disabilities to please consider applying for this role.”

The role has a starting salary of around £19,521, there are also allowances for working shifts and weekends, PCSOs are responsible for assisting with the policing of neighbourhoods

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “PCSOs make a real difference to our communities by working to tackle the crimes and anti-social behaviour issues that matter to local people.  They help promote community safety and reduce the fear of crime with their proactive and visible presence.

“Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of our communities and is essential to ensuring Avon and Somerset remains a safe place to live and work.  Local people continually tell me how much their local neighbourhood policing teams, which include PCSOs, mean to them.  It’s also the reason I am committed to protecting neighbourhood policing numbers.

“As with all Constabulary roles, it is important PCSOs reflect the communities they serve and applications are being encouraged from people from a diverse range of backgrounds.  Most importantly, if you are committed to helping and supporting your local community, becoming a PCSO could be the role for you, so don’t hesitate to apply.”  

Applications opened on 23 July and will close at 12 noon on 6 August.

Anyone who is interested to learn more about the role and its requirements - particularly from under-represented groups, is asked to contact the Inclusion and Diversity Team on: