Police Community Support Officer - Apprentice (PCSOA) Buckinghamshire

Neighbourhood Policing
Aylesbury, Chiltern & South Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Wycombe
TVP Broad Band 2E
Band 2E circa £20,465 plus shift allowance, rising to £21,771 per annum plus shift allowance after 12 months. You will receive a shift allowance of up to 26.5% paid in addition to your salary, dependant on which Local Policing Area you are posted to.
Full Time

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2022?

Applications are invited for our 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.

PCSOs 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 in 2022, subject to posting choices and vacancies.

Please read all the attached documents before submitting an application including the application advice before submitting an application.

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, 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.

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Department via RecruitmentPCSO@thamesvalley.police.uk quoting reference 7184 (NM). We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible.

Closing date:  Monday 28th February 2022.

At Thames Valley Police (TVP) we work together to protect our communities.  Whether as an officer, staff member or volunteer, you will make a difference and play an important role in helping achieve our mission.  As you take on a role with pride and confidence, you will be supported, developed and valued, ensuring you can be at your best in the service of our communities. Learn more About Us.

Working Smart.  You will be joining an organisation that strives to improve every day.  In the post-pandemic era this means changing the way we work and deliver our services, which brings a number of benefits including a more flexible and capable workforce. 

Supporting You.  Your wellbeing and safety is at the heart of all we do.  Whilst you are doing the work that matters, we’ll be supporting you via a wide range of Wellbeing services, partnerships and initiatives.  We have a number of active staff support networks and buddy schemes which you will have access to and can be involved with.  We also offer a comprehensive range of benefits and discount schemes, some provided directly by the organisation and others via partnerships including Blue Light card.  Learn more about how we will be Supporting You.

Developing YouWe promote a culture where your continuous professional development and learning is actively encouraged and where people have the opportunity, and responsibility, to achieve their full potential. 

Valuing Difference.  We are committed to building a workforce that better reflects the communities we serve and an inclusive culture that not only values, but finds strength in difference.  Learn more about how we are Valuing Difference.    

Vetting.  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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.