West Yorkshire Police Recruiting PCSOs (8 June 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is looking for its next intake on Police Community Support Officers to come and join the Force as the recruitment window opens next week.

The Force is continuing to demonstrate its dedication and commitment to the communities across all of the five Districts it serves by recruiting new PCSOs to help strengthen the front line policing teams.

The recruitment window will open on Monday 11 June and close Monday 25 June.

Police Community Support Officers are an integral part of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams and contribute to the policing of neighbourhoods, mainly through high visibility patrols, reassuring the public, problem solving in the local area and being contactable by local communities and partner agencies.

They have powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in public places, alcohol and tobacco offences, some minor parking obstruction offences and, specifically in West Yorkshire, have the power to detain people for up to 30 minutes for certain offences until a police officer arrives.

Each successful applicant will undergo an eight week training programme at the Force state-of-the-art Training and Development Centre in Wakefield and then will be deployed into a District in West Yorkshire with a tutor before going on independent patrols.

There are currently 606 PCSOs in post supporting the communities across West Yorkshire.

Force Positive Action Coordinator, PC Liz Rook, said: "We are looking forward to the next round of applications and finding the Force's future PCSOs. PCSOs are invaluable assets our front line policing teams and the heart of the communities we serve. Since the launch of our new Neighbourhood Policing Teams in March this year, we are now looking at strengthening the existing NPTs with additional support from PCSOs.

"West Yorkshire Police welcome and encourage people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to apply to join the Force, to bring with them fresh ideas and a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "PCSOs have a vital role in our communities and our local Neighbourhood Policing Teams. They provide crucial community links and high visibility and members of the public regularly tell me how appreciated these roles are.

"I have consistently sought to protect the number of PCSOs, with support from partners, and will continue to do so. I have ring fenced funding in the budget to ensure we can continue to recruit and maintain these numbers and I would urge anyone with an interest in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe to apply for these posts."

For more information about the recruitment process at West Yorkshire Police, including FAQs, questions about police vetting or to register your interest, please visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/jobs-volunteer

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