Police Community Support Officer - Apprentice (PCSOA) Bucks

Neighbourhood Policing
Aylesbury, Chiltern & South Buckinghamshire, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Taplow
TVP Broad Band 2E
Band 2E circa £19,835 per annum plus shift allowance, rising to £21,101 per annum plus shift allowance after 12 months. Progression based on performance, plus benefits
Full Time

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2020?

Applications are invited for our new PCSO Apprenticeship.  Forget the stereotype – modern apprenticeships offer new opportunities to earn and learn for everyone from college leavers to career changers.  As an apprentice PCSO your on-the-job learning will also be accredited with a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.

PCSO’s play an integral part in neighbourhood policing; providing a visible presence on the streets, making communities safer and stronger.  You will be confident, resilient and comfortable dealing with all sections of the community with the ability to make decisions and work with partners to solve problems.   A positive character with a professional approach, you act with integrity and treat individuals with respect. 

Entry Requirements

  • English Language or Literature and Mathematics at GCSE grade 9-4 or equivalent (e.g. Grade A-C or Level 2)
  • Age 18 at date of application – no upper age limit
  • Full Driving Licence (you can still apply if you are currently learning to drive and plan to take your test in the next 3-6 months however you won't be able to join an intake until you have passed your test)
  • Please note that if you have submitted an application for the role of Police Officer (or if you submit an application at a future date) then your PCSO application will be put on hold until the outcome of the Police Officer application is known. You will be required to complete 12 months’ service in the role of PCSO before you can apply to become a Police Officer. 


  • Ten weeks’ training at our Force 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 over the course of one year to enable you to achieve the Level 4 Certificate in Community Policing Practice.

Successful candidates will go into a recruitment pool to fill planned PCSO intakes from May 2020 onwards, subject to posting choices and vacancies. 

Only one application should be submitted for either Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire. Duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Please read application advice before submitting an application.

If you have any queries please contact the PCSO Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 quoting reference 1234. 

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, performance related pay increases, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link.

The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 1st March 2020. 


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via: positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk  

Click here to read more about our commitment to valuing difference.

This opportunity is closed to applications.