Welcome to our new Police Community Support Officers
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Three former teaching assistants were among the five new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary last week.
Our new starters were officially designated into the role at a ceremony held at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Monday 30 May by Deputy Chief Constable Bill Jephson. They will be based at police stations across the county.
PCSOs are part of our Safer Neighbourhood Teams which work to improve the quality of life for residents and make their area safer, by proactively tackling crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Superintendent for Workforce Development, Anna Wright said: “Our new PCSOs bring both life experience and useful transferable skills to their new role from their previous jobs and we welcome them to our police family.
“As a PCSO each of them will be given their own geographical area and it is their job to get to know the community; the issues, concerns and what may be affecting residents’ quality of life and find solutions to help.
“They will be supporting victims of crime, instigating crime prevention initiatives, conducting patrols to prevent crime and reassure residents and generally being a port of call in their community. It’s a very unique role that our PCSOs say is challenging, but incredibly rewarding.”
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Congratulations to all those who have passed their training to become an important part of the local policing model in Hertfordshire.
“PCSOs are out and about in our neighbourhoods every day, providing a visible presence to prevent crime and keep people safe.”
If you’re looking to change career and want to make a positive difference, being a PCSO could be the ideal job. Our serving PCSOs include former cabin crew, customer service staff and retail workers.
The role of a PCSO is paid and there are opportunities to work part-time or flexible hours. There is shift work, including working some weekends and evenings to 11pm. Initial training takes seven weeks.