Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

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Update : 18th May 2022

  • PCSO recruitment is open

Click here to apply to become a PCSO

The application process will close at 11.55pm on Wednesday 31st August 2022.

Please note: Any job offer will be subject to satisfactory references, attendance and vetting checks.

Click here for more details about the recruitment selection process.

Are you looking for a new role to inspire you and make a real difference within your local communities? 

The role of PCSO is exciting and varied and can include:

  • Being the first contact that people have with the police, providing a visible and reassuring presence and building relationships between the community and the Force.
  • Engaging with members of the public in a diplomatic, confident and supportive way. 
  • Issuing fixed penalty notices.
  • Detaining a person until an officer arrives.
  • Gathering intelligence from the community.
  • Making people feel safe at large public gatherings such as sporting events and public demonstrations.

For a personal insight into the PCSO role watch our PCSO video profiles


Do you fit the bill?

If you care about communities, and respect the differences that make them unique, then this could be the role for you. 

You will be given all the training necessary to perform the role of a PCSO - but will need to have the following skills or experience :

  • Have a proven range of effective communication skills
  • Be willing to be proactive to resolve community issues
  • Be able to provide reassurance to the public
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Be prepared to work shifts
  • You must be aged 18 years or over at the time of applying - there's no upper age limit
  • You need to have a genuine passion to care for our communities and be good at talking to the public in a diplomatic, confident and authoritative way - and of course, respect the differences between us all that make our communities what they are.
  • Whilst no formal qualifications are necessary, pass grades in both English Language and Mathematics at Level 2/GCSE (A*-C / 9-4) or equivalent would be advantageous (should you hold these qualifications we ask that you upload these to your application).


Salary and Benefits

£21,837 - £24,156 plus shift allowance.

The starting full time salary is £21,837 rising incrementally to £24,156 per annum on completion of four years’ service. In addition, a 14% shift allowance and 13.89% weekend enhancement, is also payable if applicable. 

Posts are suitable for job share.


Working hours, patterns and environment

PCSOs follow a three week shift pattern (seven days on shift followed by three or four rest days) throughout the year, including weekends and may include Public/Bank Holidays. 

Applicants who join on a job share/part time basis will be required to complete the initial training of approximately 10 weeks, which is full time.

West Yorkshire Police values difference and recognises that people with a variety of skills, attitudes, and experiences, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, bring fresh ideas and perspectives to our workforce.West Yorkshire Police has a strong commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion that aims to achieve an inclusive workforce which reflects the communities it serves. Inclusive provisions such as multi-faith rooms or wellbeing support means the workplace offers a space that caters for everyone’s needs. 

Existing applicant?

If you've previously applied to join us, check the status of an existing application here.


PCSO Videos


PCSO Lyndon Thomas


PCSO Nicola Westle


PCSO Posters

PCSO Lyndon Thomas Poster

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PCSO Lyndon Thomas - 'Unlock your potential' poster

PCSO Nicola Westle Poster

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Modern policing needs a dedicated support team committed to providing a wide range of services and skills.

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Make a difference
Join the police
PCSO Nicola Westle 'Unlock your potential' poster

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West Yorkshire Police encourages applications to be representative of the communities it serves. Read our Equality in Employment page.

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Page last reviewed July 2022.

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