Deputy Chief Constable and PCC Welcomes Would-be PCSOs

Cleveland Police’s Deputy Chief Constable, Simon Nickless and Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger have welcomed and met twelve would-be PCSOs over the last week who are currently on a pilot four week pre-employment programme.

1 Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless opened the four week course last week, welcoming those who been successful in their application through their Job Centre Plus.

The innovative scheme, which is in partnership with Equality North East, Gateshead College and Job Centre Plus, means participants learn how PCSOs work within the Force, while also covering topics such as ethics and communication skills.

The programme has already covered areas such as “A day in the life of a PCSO”, problem solving and ethics and subjects including communication skills and customer service to follow, meaning participants have a busy couple of weeks ahead.

Everyone who is successful in completing the course will then be eligible to apply for PCSO positions at Cleveland Police – or elsewhere.

DCC Simon Nickless said: “I was delighted to welcome everyone to Police Headquarters and enjoyed meeting and speaking to all the pre-employment course attendees.  This is a new initiative for the Force and so far feedback from participants has been extremely positive.

“I hope the people on the pre-employment course will be inspired to apply for PCSO positions in the near future!”

PCC Barry Coppinger, added: “The work PCSOs do in our communities is absolutely vital; they build relationships between the Force and residents of all ages and backgrounds and they do an excellent job supporting neighbourhood policing teams. I have recently funded a number of specialist roles, such as Schools Liaison Officers, and they are already making a real difference.

“This new recruitment initiative aims to encourage those who may not have traditionally considered a career in policing.  It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diverse communities we serve and I hope that future programmes will attract interest from underrepresented groups.”