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Police community support officers

£10,920 Average salary at age 20
£25,480 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) support the local police force by patrolling the streets to provide a visible and reassuring presence and to tackle a range of crime and disorder problems. PCSOs are also attached to the British Transport Police who operate the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.

Main Tasks

  • Patrols a geographic area to monitor and deter criminal and anti-social activity and disorderly conduct;
  • Assists police officers at crime scenes and major events;
  • Carries out house-to-house enquiries;
  • Provides crime prevention advice and helps to support victims of crime;
  • May detain someone pending the arrival of a police officer;
  • May direct traffic and arrange for vehicles to be removed.


There are no formal educational requirements although entrants must pass written tests and undergo a medical check including an eyesight test. Nationality restrictions apply and background security checks will be made.

UK Prospects

12700 Workforce Size
0.74% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
2699 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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