Find out about becoming a PCSO.

You can’t arrest anyone, you have no handcuffs. Your communication and problem solving skills are now your most powerful assets. It’s all down to your ability to work with some of the most challenging people in some of the most difficult situations.

As a PCSO, you’re performing an essential role. You’re the face of the police within local communities. You won’t only make a difference, you will be the difference, by preventing trouble and making your community safer and stronger.

PCSO Apprenticeship

In 2019, TVP will introduce a range of new entry routes into policing, including the newly launched Police Community Support Officer Apprenticeship (PCSOA). The PCSOA replaces the existing entry route and is open to anyone over the age of 18 who meets the eligibility requirements.

The PCSOA programme will take approximately 15 months combining on-the-job practical and academic learning, resulting in the award of a formal level 4 qualification.


  • English Language or Literature and Mathematics at GCSE grade 9-4 or equivalent e.g. Grade A-C or Level 2. (Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths can be obtained for free through your local college or by searching online for a provider.  Some online courses will incur a fee)
  • age 18 at date of application – no upper age limit
  • full driving Licence
  • be a British EC/EEA or Commonwealth citizen, or a foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • be in good health and physically and mentally able to undertake police duties
  • not have tattoos which could cause offence
  • have a body mass index (BMI) of between 18-30
  • disclose all convictions or cautions
  • not have served any period of imprisonment or youth detention
  • not have any existing County Court judgements outstanding against you
  • not have bankruptcy debts which have not been discharged for at least three years
  • not be the subject of a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)

If you have a criminal record or conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected. We will take into account factors including the date and circumstances of the offence, plus evidence of good character since the offence.


  • ten weeks' training at our Training Centre in Sulhamstead, designed to give you a solid understanding in the essentials of a PCSO's role and powers
  • ten weeks' tutoring on your Local Police Area (LPA)
  • on and off the job learning and coaching over the course of one year to enable you to achieve the Level 4 Certificate in Community Policing Practice


We are currently accepting applications across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire with a closing date of Sunday 9 June 2019.