How to Become a Police Community Support Officer in 2021

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How to Become a Police Community Support Officer in 2021

The complete guide to unlocking and passing the UK PCSO recruitment process.

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Police Community support Officer (pcso)

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) perform a fantastic public service for the local community. Whilst the effectiveness of their job position in communities has been debated, there is no doubt that PSCOs represent a more visible presence from the police on our streets.

The emphasis for the UK Police Force is to ‘engage’ with local communities. This cannot be achieved by police officers alone, and therefore PCSOs act as a pivotal  link between communities and the police force itself.

Police Community Support Officers are uniformed staff whose role is primarily to support the work of police officers. They assist the police in areas which demand a certain level of police presence, but don’t necessarily require the expertise of a trained police officer. An example of this would be in a predominantly rural location where the crime rate is low, yet a presence is still required for situations such as anti-social behaviour and minor occurrences of criminal damage.

Prior to the introduction of PCSOs, this type of work would be the responsibility of police officers. Whilst police officers still become involved in these types of incidents when required, they are now free to carry out more effective tasks in line with their expertise and job position.

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The Police Community Support Officer Selection Process

The selection process to become a PCSO will normally consist of the following elements:

Police Selection Process Stage 1 Job Application Form

Stage 1 – Completion of the competency-based application form

The application form is the first stage of selection. You will normally be required to complete the form online and it should be your priority to ensure that you match the assessable competencies that are relevant to the role.

Some police forces will also require you to complete an Online Situational Judgement Test as a means to sift out applicants who do not match the values and qualities required to join the police.

Stage 2 – PCSO Assessment Centre

Once you have successfully passed the application form you will be invited to take part in an online assessment process. During which you will be required to undertake a number of the following online assessments. Please note this will depend on the force you are applying to:

The pass mark for the assessment centre will vary depending on the force you are applying to. You will be assessed against the competencies and values of Policing, so always keep these in mind throughout this process and aim for 100% in every exercise.

Police Selection Process Stage 3 Final Interview and Vetting

Stage 3 – Full vetting checks and a possible final interview

Many UK Police Forces are now requiring PCSO applicants to sit a final interview in addition to the competency-based online interview. Due to the pandemic, the “final interview” is sometimes carried out before the Online Assessment Process and is known as the “in-force interview”. In addition to this, you will also undergo a number of vetting checks to ensure that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for becoming a Police Community Support Officer.

Stage 4 – Medical and fitness assessments

The final stages of selection involve a medical and a fitness test. The two elements of the police fitness test are: the dynamic strength test and the endurance fitness test, (or the bleep test) as it is sometimes called.

Police Selection Process Stage 4 Fitness and Medical Tests
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PCSOs ARE COMMONLY INVOLVED IN WORK SUCH AS:

  • Providing a visible and reassuring presence within communities;
  • Attending incidents of social disorder, nuisance and anti-social behaviour;
  • Dealing with community issues such as littering and dog fouling;
  • Investigating abandoned vehicles;
  • Gathering evidence through observations;
  • Helping with missing person’s enquiries;
  • Speaking to young people who might be drunk and causing problems;
  • Confiscating alcohol and tobacco;
  • Crowd control and directing traffic at public events;
  • Helping direct traffic at roadblocks or scenes of accidents;
  • Assisting police with recording names and addresses or door-to-door enquiries.

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We guarantee that our How To Become a PCSO online resources will teach you how to navigate the different elements of the selection process. The package contains 180+ pages of PCSO recruitment information, tests, and videos which will guide you through each of the different elements of selection, including the application form, the assessment centre, the interviews and the fitness test.

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We guarantee that our How To Become a PCSO online resources will teach you how to navigate the different elements of the selection process successfully. The package contains 180+ pages of PCSO recruitment information, tests, and videos which will guide you through each of the different elements of selection, including the application form, the assessment tests, the interviews, and the fitness tests.

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Sample PCSO Interview Questions

Q. “Please provide an example of where you have worked as part of a team to achieve a difficult task.”

Tips for Structuring Your Response:

TIP 1: Try to think of a situation where you volunteered to work with a team in order to achieve a difficult task. It is better to say that you volunteered as opposed to being asked to get involved by another person.

TIP 2: Candidates who can provide an example when they achieved the task, despite the constraints of time will generally score higher.’

Sample Response Structure:

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Complete guidance to ensure you pass the ENTIRE PCSO recruitment process

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Insider advice on how to complete the application form, including sample questions and answers

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Previously successful application form responses that you can use to develop your own winning application!

Revealed – avoid the common pitfalls that most applicants make (75% of people fail the application stage – don’t be one of them!)

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Which forces use sifting tests (the police SJT and behavioural questionnaires, and how you can pass them with ease)

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Discover exactly how you are assessed throughout the entire selection process (hint: understanding this will allow you to know exactly how the assessors want you to act at every stage)

A detailed breakdown of the online SJT including practice questions and answers so you can fully prepare

PCSO interview questions and guidance on how to answer each one of them

What are competency-based questions, how to structure your responses, what keywords you MUST use, and how to impress when answering each of the 4 questions

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A full breakdown of the competencies and cutting out the filler so you can memorise only what you NEED to know, making preparation a lot easier!

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Practice questions and sample answers for the various tests you will have to pass

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Practice questions and answers for the final interview – suitable for all England & Wales police forces

The importance of ensuring you meet the minimum eligibility requirements (and understanding the role of a PCSO – hint: you will need to demonstrate this!)

Why joining the police service as a PCSO right now is a fantastic career choice

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The training and probationary period that you will undergo when you join

Time-saving strategies and score-boosting methods verified by our panel of recruitment experts

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How to get fit and be able to pass the fitness test and medical test

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THE TOPICS COVERED IN THIS GUIDE INCLUDE:

HOW TO PASS THE PCSO SELECTION PROCESS

  • Professional advice on how to complete the PCSO application form;
  • Sample PCSO interview questions with professional sample responses;
  • Sample role play exercises and insider tips on how to pass your interview;
  • Sample test exercises;
  • The criteria for becoming a Police Community Support Officer;
  • In-depth explanations on how to understand the competencies of equality and fairness;
  • Essential guidance to assist you during your preparation period.

IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CAREER

  • How and where to apply to become a PCSO;
  • About the career;
  • Why you should become a Police Community Support Officer;
  • Your training and probationary period;
  • The take home salary and benefits;
  • Community policing and what it involves;
  • Crime and disorder reduction partnerships;
  • Promotion and opportunities.

HOW TO PASS THE PCSO INTERVIEW

  • Sample questions and answers with explanations for the numbers test;
  • A comprehensive video that shows you how to pass the interview stage;
  • Information and advice on how to match the important PCSO competencies;
  • Exclusive insider tips on how to answer the 4 competency-based questions with relative ease;
  • Guidance on how to prepare for the interview;
  • Sample mock interviews to help you succeed;
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FAQ
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How will the 'How2Become A PCSO' guide help me become a police community support officer?

Simply put, this training works and is proven to help people like you to successfully join the police as PCSOs. As a lifetime access PCSO guide member, you will not only benefit from our flagship “How to Become a PCSO” guide (which has sold 10,000s of copies) but you’ll also get access to a dynamic portal of content that we update frequently with all the very latest information, practice material, and strategies that are helping people across England and Wales become police community support officers. With 1,000s of customers frequently thanking us for the career success we have helped them gain, and 16 years’ experience in providing recruitment and assessment centre training, you can rest assured knowing you are getting the best PCSO training material on the market.

Who is a good fit for the 'How2Become A PCSO' guide?

This resource is designed to help anyone looking to become a PCSO conquer the gruelling selection process.

It is ideal for those just starting out at the application stage, who want an “over-the-shoulder” guide to passing each stage of the process.

If you have already begun the selection process, then you’ll be able to pick up this guide from the exact stage you are at and follow the step-by-step guidance to passing the assessment process, in-force interview, final interview, fitness tests, SJTs and more with winning confidence.

Whatever stage of the process you are at, you can be confident you’ll have all the strategies and tools you need to succeed.

What training is included in the guide? Will it really help me become a PCSO?

Yes! With the ‘How to Become a PCSO’ guide you will be able to access training that has been helping students successfully become PCSOs for over a decade.

At How2Become.com we like to do things a little differently. Instead of just giving you access to guides which explain how the selection process works, and what you need to do to pass, we teach you HOW to do it also. For example, we don’t just provide you with sample interview questions, we provide winning sample responses and step by step guidance on how to create your own successful answers. Whether you are thinking about applying, or you are half way through the PCSO selection process, this guide ‘hold your hand’ step-by-step. Here is a full list of everything you will get within this resource.

Is there a time limit on accessing the material?

You will get unlimited access to all of the content contained within this resource with no time restrictions! We understand that applying to become a PCSO can be a long and stressful experience, that is why we want to take away one less worry – you will get access whenever you need, whether its just for a week, or for a year, you will have full access to the ‘How to Become a PCSO’ guide whenever you need it. You will also access to all future updates we make to this guide, ensuring you are getting the latest guidance.

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When we launched How2Become.com we wanted to ensure our content would help as many people as possible no matter where they are, and we are achieving just that! We sell our resources to every country in the world, with 1,000s of customers in the USA, UK, India, Australia, Africa and more! All of our content is either written or spoken in English, with the content designed to be as universal as possible unless otherwise stated. Our ‘How to Become a PCSO’ guide is designed specifically for all England and Wales police forces. The British Transport Police, Ministry of Defence, Scottish Police, and PSNI have different selection processes and we have guides specifically for these. If you can’t see a guide you need in our huge catalogue, then just let us know and we will help if we can!

What's the difference between the Silver and Gold versions?

Whichever option you choose, you can be confident you are getting the latest and highest quality training to become a police officer. All packages contain our flagship PCSO guide: ‘How to Become a Police Community Support Officer’, our interview video walkthrough, and the bonuses listed on this page.

The Gold package contains extra video coaching for the role plays, bleep test audio file and worksheet and the psychometric & IQ tests online workbook.

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As soon as your order is complete you will be able to access all of the guides, training resources, and view the on-demand video via your How2Become account! You will also get an email providing your access instructions. You can use any smart phone, PC, Mac, or tablet to access your materials.

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Yes, absolutely! We get 1,000s of testimonials and comments each month from those that have used our training thanking us for the help it has given them.

How often is this guide updated? Is it relevant for my police force?

Having been creating recruitment guides for the last 16 years, we know how often selection processes change. In addition, with over 40 police forces across England and Wales, they all make adjustments to their recruitment criteria. That is why we keep close ties to those in the know and we regularly update our content. You will get the latest and best strategies to enable you to become a PCSO.

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