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Police Community Support Officer Recruitment

PCSO recruitment: Open

 Starting salary - £19,171 with progression to £21,998 


About the role

Kent is a safe county and by working as a police community support officer, you could play a vital role in keeping it that way. PCSOs provide a high profile and visible uniformed presence, to make sure the public feel reassured and to assist in the prevention of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

They have a distinctive uniform which will quickly make you a familiar face in the community, with your presence providing reassurance to people worried about crime. You'll act as a visible point of contact and help continue to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

As part of the wider policing team you'll work closely with regular officers, Special Constables and council wardens across Kent. We know that by working closely with local organisations and residents, we can continue to make a real difference to people's neighbourhoods. Therefore you will be patrolling the heart of our communities, engaging with the public and dealing with real problems that challenge our communities every day and night.

To help you maintain law and public order in the community where you work, as a PCSO you have certain powers, such as issuing penalty notices, and you'll play a key part in longer-term projects to tackle local problems and find solutions.

The qualities you need

At Kent Police we have set demanding standards for ourselves and you will be expected to live up to these. You'll need to have a responsible approach with experience of:

  • serving the public
  • dealing with conflict resolution
  • problem solving and decision making
  • communicating clearly and effectively.

These skills will need to be coupled with a high degree of flexibility and self-motivation. You will act with integrity, impartiality and professionalism, taking pride in your work and presenting a positive image to others. Due to the nature of the work, you'll also need to be physically fit and be able to pass the necessary job-related fitness test. Find out more: fitness test


Your 37-hour working week will involve variable shifts, which could be any time between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week. We have a flexible approach to working hours, including weekend working when scheduled.

You'll also need to have a full driving licence and you must be 18 years or older when you join. No formal qualifications are required, however you will need a good standard of written English which will be tested at assessment.

Security vetting

All applications are required to meet the necessary security vetting, financial, medical and reference checks that are satisfactory to Kent Police. This will include: Biometric vetting.


As a new PCSO you will start on our entry level and you'll be comprehensively supported during your training and development in the first year. This will include the completion of a Vocational Qualification (QCF) Policing (Police Community Support Officer) Level 3 Certificate - you will be fully supported to achieve this during your first twelve months.

The first part of your training involves an eight week classroom-based course. This is followed by local training at the police station where you will be based. But it doesn't stop there. Before you go out on patrol on your own you will spend some time with officers who will support you, offering advice and guidance during the transition between the classroom and the workplace.   

Working with Kent Police

The annual starting salary for our new PCSOs is £19,171 with progression to £21,998 after successful completion of 12 months probationary period and attainment of the QCF qualification.

Alongside the training, you will also be provided with a full range of uniform and the necessary equipment and support to carry out your role.

Our commitment to diversity and fairness involves support groups including the Kent Minority Ethnic Police Association, Gay and Lesbian Support Group and Disability Awareness Group, although this list is not exhaustive. We also offer health facilities, welfare support and active sports and social clubs.


Working alongside police officer colleagues, PCSOs in Kent have a vital role in reducing nuisance crime and anti-social behaviour.

The benefits don't just come from knowing you're improving the lives of residents, they also include an attractive salary, extensive training, 23 days holiday (increasing to 25 on progression to the next level) and membership of our recreational club.


How to apply

Begin a new application

Before you apply you must thoroughly read the PCSO recruitment sections;

- Eligibility

- Medical Standards

- Job related fitness

- Application guidance.

Once you have read this information please apply here.

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If you have started your application you can log back in here. Before continuing you must thoroughly read the PCSO recruitment sections;


- Medical standards

- Job related fitness

- Application guidance.



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- EEA countries - Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Iceland*, Liechtenstein*, Norway*, Switzerland**

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