More than 500 people responded to Sussex Police’s advert for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
The search for new PCSOs began on December 11th and those who got through will now face a selection process which involves scenario tests, English skills and verbal reasoning. The successful candidates will join Sussex Police for an eight-week initial course before being tutored on the streets.
PCSOs perform an important role within the community which includes dealing with low-level nuisance and anti-social behaviour, issuing fixed penalty tickets and conducting other duties that do not require the powers of a police officer. These officers provide valuable support to frontline police helping to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and help maintain visibility of the police within the local community.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, said: “This is a great result, particularly given that the recruitment window was open for just three weeks and over the holiday period.
“I am delighted that there are so many residents out there who see the value in becoming a PCSO and making a difference in their local communities. I wish those who have been initially successful all the very best with the next stage of the application process.”
The recruitment window for 60 PCSOs closed at midday on Thursday (January 2nd).