More than 500 apply to be PCSOs

More than 500 people have applied to become police community support officers (PCSOs) for Sussex.

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The search for new PCSOs began on December 11 and those who got through will now face a selection process which involves scenario tests, English skills and verbal reasoning.

The 60 successful candidates will join Sussex Police for an eight-week initial course before being tutored on the streets.

PCSOs deal 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.

The officers give support to frontline police, helping to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and maintain visibility of the police.

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.”