Police Community Support Officers

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.


New workers
£ 10,187
£ 28,758
£ 49,165

Available jobs

In the past year there were 12,276 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • May direct traffic and arrange for vehicles to be removed.

  • May detain someone pending the arrival of a police officer.

  • Provides crime prevention advice and helps to support victims of crime.

  • Carries out house-to-house enquiries.

  • Assists police officers at crime scenes and major events.

  • Patrols a geographic area to monitor and deter criminal and anti-social activity and disorderly conduct.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Community Policing

  • Intelligence Gathering

  • Life Skills Development

  • Network Operating System (NOS)

  • Traffic Policing

  • Transport Networks

  • Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Crime Prevention

  • Patrolling

  • Calculations

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Resilience

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Problem Solving

  • Calmness Under Pressure

  • Composure

  • Enthusiasm

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.