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Police Community Support Officer Recruitment

Recruitment for PCSOs is currently closed.

About the role

As a PCSO you will play an important role in protecting and serving the people of Kent. As part of the wider policing team you will work closely with regular officers, special constables and council wardens. 

You will have certain powers, such as issuing penalty notices and you will play a key part in longer term projects to tackle local problems.

Your 37 hour working week will include variable shifts that could span any time between 7am and 11pm, any day of the week. 

You will be fully supported in your training and development during the first year to enable you to complete a learning portfolio.

Please note: if you are appointed as a PCSO, you may be posted to any location within Kent depending on the force’s operational requirements.

View the complete job description.

About you

  • You will have the ability to make clear decisions and work effectively with others to develop innovative approaches to solving local problems.
  • You will act with honesty and integrity, presenting a professional image to others. 
  • You will also demonstrate good interpersonal skills and deliver an excellent service to the public.
  • You must hold a full UK driving licence when you apply and you’ll need to be 18 years or older when you join.

Working with Kent Police

The annual starting salary for our new PCSOs is £19,557 progressing to £22,433 after successful completion of a 12 months probationary period and completion of a learning portfolio.

Alongside the training, you'll 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.


Our PCSOs work alongside police officer colleagues playing 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 completion of probationary period) and the option to join our recreational club.

Security vetting

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


As a new PCSO you'll 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 development portfolio.

The first part of your training involves an eight week course at Kent Police Training School in Maidstone, followed by local training at the police station where you'll be based. 

But it doesn't stop there. Before you go out on patrol on your own you'll spend some time with officers who'll support you, offering advice and guidance during the transition between the classroom and the workplace.   

The recruitment process

Your completed application form will be shortlisted by assessing your reason for applying and your responses for each question against the personal qualities found within the role requirement. 

Candidates who are successful will be invited to attend an assessment day which will consist of a briefing, a competency based panel interview and 3 exercises including an assessment of your numeracy skills, recording information and report writing.

If you are successful on the assessment day you will be invited back to Kent Police Training School in Maidstone to undertake a fitness test, medical screening and uniform fitting.


We are no longer receiving applications for this role. Please check back regularly for updates.