POLICE community support officers (PCSOs) are now being recruited in Wiltshire.
It is the first time since 2011 that the force has recruited PCSOs. Since then natural turnover has resulted in numbers dropping below the minimum requirement.
PCSOs provide a visible patrolling presence, acting as a crime deterrent, especially with regard to antisocial behaviour. They do not have the same powers as a police officer and duties do not include arrests, investigating serious crimes or carrying out covert operations.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “I am delighted that we are in a position to recruit additional police community support officers. PCSOs provide essential support to police officers and make a real difference to local communities.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, said: “Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are an important part of the police family, being a proactive, visible link between the force and local neighbourhoods alongside their neighbourhood police officer colleagues.
“We are also particularly encouraging applications from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police.” For more information go to wiltshire.police.uk or call the recruitment line on 01380 734132 between Monday and Friday, 8am to 5pm.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, February at 5pm.