Sussex Police is accepting applications for 60 police community support officers (PCSOs) from Wednesday (December 11).
The search for the new officers starts as Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne reinforces her pledge to increase the visibility of frontline policing in Sussex.
It is hoped that the recruitment drive will see the new recruits join the Force by the summer of 2014 - providing the vital link between the police and the communities throughout Sussex.
Katy said: “I am very pleased to see recruitment open for 60 PCSOs, which will maintain the number of visible frontline officers in Sussex.
“PCSOs are the heart of neighbourhood policing teams and residents constantly tell me they value these officers in their communities. PCSOs work closely with local authorities, the business community and Neighbourhood Watch to ensure local issues are tackled effectively and knowledge and best practice is shared.
“I hope this opportunity attracts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a difference in the communities they serve. It is important that PCSOs reflect the diversity of our local communities so that Sussex Police can continue to improve its policing response.”
Joining one of the Force’s neighbourhood teams, the new PCSOs will be the face of local policing. Patrolling on foot or by bicycle, they’ll fulfil a number of important roles - from dealing with low-level nuisance and anti-social behaviour, to forging links with the public and businesses. Providing reliable support to frontline police, they’ll help to reduce crime and reduce the fear of crime.
They’ll have the authority to remove vehicles and issue fixed penalty tickets, and to conduct other duties that do not require the powers of a police officer, such as directing traffic and guarding crime scenes.
Will 2014 bring you a happy new career? Please see the Sussex Police website from Wednesday for details of how to apply - www.sussex.police.uk.