If you want to give something back to your community, a career as a community support officer could be just the job for you. Working alongside the police, you will provide a visible and reassuring presence on the streets and work towards tackling anti-social behaviour. Being a friendly face to members of your community can be an intensely rewarding experience, and many community support officers can use their experience on the job to progress on to a career as a police officer. Community support officers are given specific beats to work within, and will often assist police officers in the same area. The early intervention of community support officers can often deter people from committing offences, so your work will be highly valued. Every day will bring new challenges in this exciting and varied role, and no two shifts will ever be the same!
Responsibilities for a role as a community support officer can include contributing to the regeneration of a local area, increasing public safety, helping to support crime victims and dealing with various issues such as litter, graffiti and abandoned vehicles. You may also be required to provide crowd control at major events, such as football games or concerts. Flexibility is essential for this role, as shift patterns can fall any time between 8am and midnight. Work can often be demanding, and there's a lot of responsibility, but you can gain satisfaction from knowing you're a critical part of the force. You'll also need to be a calm and efficient communicator if you've ever seen Road Cops, you'll know how difficult the job can get!