Police community support officers


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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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Officer, protection, community (police service)
Officer, support, community, police
Officer, protection, community, police
Officer, community, rail
Officer, support, community (police service)
Officer, support, civilian (police service)