Budding Police Community Support Officers are invited to join West Yorkshire Police (13 Jan 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is opening its latest recruitment drive by inviting budding Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to join the Force. 

The recruitment window opens on Monday, 16th January and will run until Sunday, 29th January. It's all part of the Force's positive action recruitment drive which is aiming to attract more people from diverse groups as part of West Yorkshire Police's commitment to better represent the communities they serve. 

Police Community Support Officers work as part of a Neighbourhood Policing Team, which includes other police colleagues, and contribute to the policing of neighbourhoods, mainly through high visibility patrol, reassuring the public, dealing with local problems and being contactable by local communities and partner agencies.  

HR Director Hilary Sykes said: "There is no career quite like policing and we are seeking the very best to join us. The role of PCSO is incredibly rewarding and you will play an integral role within the Districts to help protect the vulnerable, educate people and provide advice on crime prevention.  

"We are looking forward to the next round of applications and finding our future PCSOs.  

"People from diverse backgrounds and cultures are welcomed into West Yorkshire Police to bring with them fresh ideas and a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences." 

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I know what an amazing and vital job PCSOs do for West Yorkshire Police and for our communities and I want to see anyone that has an interest in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe applying for these posts.

"Within the budget I have moved to protect the current number of PCSOs here in West Yorkshire with support from partners and will continue to do so as I have seen and know about the fantastic work that PCSOs do across the county. I want to see West Yorkshire Police harness even more talent from all our communities, often providing that vital link and visibility within our neighbourhoods."

PCSO Sarah Barberini and Resourcing Manager Danny Wilks will be taking part in a webchat about PCSO recruitment on Monday, 16th January at 7-8pm. To take part in the webchat from 7pm please visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/recruitment/recruitment-webchat.  

For more information about working for West Yorkshire Police, please visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/joinus and you can follow PCSO Sarah Barberini on Twitter @WYP_SBarberini

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