When you’re working as PCSO, you need to understand that you’re working with a local police force, as a support officer. This isn’t the same as a fully trained and qualified police officer. Therefore, the salary is lower since you’re in a supporting role. The added advantage of this role is that you don’t have as much of paperwork to fill out.
In a supporting role, your main job requirements are to maintain a high level of visibility on the streets, and act as a crime deterrent. You will be required to attend to domestic disturbances, where there could be a level of danger. However, you’re always in radio contact to call for assistance whenever the need arises.
Mainly, you’ll need the ability to calm people down and also offer advice to members of the public, advising on personal, home and vehicle security.
When you first begin working as a police community support officer, you’re going to be earning on the lower end of the pay scale, at around £16’000 per annum. That will rise with experience to an approximate salary of £19’000. That will vary slightly among different police forces, dependent on your level of responsibility
. The areas surrounding Greater London will have a higher salary associated with it. The same will apply to areas that have a high crime rate, in order to attract more PCSOs to support the local police force with crime prevention.
With experience in the role, salaries can increase to £25’000 per year. Experienced PCSOs are paid higher as they’re responsible for new recruits and less experienced staff, and need to assist with the on the job training.
The salary of a PCSO isn’t high, however, people who go into this line of work, will do it for the better good of communities. There’s oftentimes when people need to stand up for their rights and protect what’s rightfully there.
A community in fear of crime isn’t a good environment, and by working as a supporting police officer, you can really make a difference to the communities around you. Deterring and preventing crime, as well keeping the peace in some sometimes volatile situations. It’s the job satisfaction of knowing that when you go to work, you’re working for the greater good of others.
It’s not all about crime and dramas on the street either. You get to know the local residents in the areas you’re patrolling. Meeting with people each day, speaking to the people in the communities and getting a feel for the areas they feel need to be improved upon. As you get to know the local residents, you’ll start to understand the lives they live. S
ometimes they’re in fear, and other times it may be poverty that’s an issue. In these situations, you’ve a duty of care to everyone around you, which may call for you to express your concerns to other local authority departments, such as social services, to ensure that community residents get every bit of vital support they may need, should they reach some difficult times in life. Being a PCSO is about caring for the communities you work within.Working with people, protecting and serving as best you can.
The salary will be closer to minimum wage, though you do have a greater level of job satisfaction, provided you have the caring personality to cater to the job requirements of a PCSO.