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The City of London Police are NOW RECRUITING PCSOs

As a PCSO you’ll be on the front line working alongside police officers, providing a visible presence on the City streets. You will be assigned to a particular area on Bishopsgate or Snow Hill division, where you will get to know the local community and become involved in gathering intelligence and providing reassurance.

PCSOs also take crime reports, statements, issue certain fixed penalty notices and are the eyes and ears of their police colleagues.

Training lasts for 11 weeks and your time will be split between the Force Learning and Development Centre and the City University, where you will be awarded credits towards a foundation degree in policing. Your training will consist of law input, practical exercises and a tutored phase working alongside a police officer on the Professional Development Unit.

Some of the powers of a PCSO:
��Detain an offender for up to 30 minutes until police assistance arrives.
��Confiscate alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco from young persons
��Seize vehicles used to cause harassment alarm and distress.
��Issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, litter, cycling on footpath, graffiti and fly-posting.

PSCOs duties
The City of London Police Force has now employed PCSOs for three years, with numbers swelling from sixteen to a current total of fifty-two. Our recruits are from a wide range of experience and background and the Force also benefits from those with additional language skills such as Bengali and Spanish.

The role of PCSO has developed over the last year and PCSOs are now tasked each day by a dedicated sergeant, who deploys them to particular areas to deter offences such as shoplifting and anti social behaviour.

PCSOs are also tasked with collecting CCTV as part of investigations, taking basic witness and victim statements and attending crime scenes to take the initial report.

PCSOs are allocated to a particular cluster area made up of several wards and they work with the ward officers and crime reduction officers on community problems and priorities. Each officer is also allocated an area of particular responsibility with each cluster having a dedicated PCSO for dealing with licensing issues, running the Shop Watch scheme and helping with rough sleeping issues. This has resulted in some PCSOs developing a particular interest and expertise in an area of work.

Some PCSOs have now been trained to use defibrillators and are often the first on scene when this equipment is needed in a medical emergency. We also have a number of PCSOs on bikes who assist police at incidents and are able to cover the ground quickly, increasing the visibility and number of patrols across the City.

The salary for this role starts at £23,000, and full training and uniform is provided. The closing date for applications is Monday 31st March 2008.

For more information, or to request an application pack, please contact 0207 601 6774.


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