Who we're looking for
PCSO training will equip you with some of the most important tools you’ll need to carry out your role. But there are a number of basic qualities and eligibility criteria that you’ll need to bring with you too. Take a look at the list below to see how you measure up.
The minimum age of recruitment for PCSOs is 18.
If you’re from outside the EEA, you’re required to have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period. Such applicants must reside in the UK free of restrictions or have an entitlement to do so.
You must have lived continuously in the UK for the three year period immediately prior to your application. If you’ve lived abroad due to serving in the British armed forces or on UK Government Service, you’re considered to have been resident in the UK.
You should possess the following skills and qualities:
- Ability to use your own initiative and work as part of a team
- Ability to focus on the needs of London's communities
- Ability to speak clearly and concisely, remaining approachable and positive in difficult situations
- Consideration and respect for diversity - the opinions, circumstances and feelings of others
There are no formal educational requirements to become a PCSO, although you’ll need to have a reasonable standard of English. Transport PCSOs need a full driving licence.
PCSO is a position of responsibility and trust, for law-abiding people with proven integrity. So if you’ve previously been convicted of a criminal offence, your suitability will be subject to careful consideration.
Health & fitness
No-one expects you to be a champion athlete. But you must be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of being a PCSO . Certain medical conditions may prevent this. For full details of the medical requirements and the MPS fitness test, please download our Fit for the Job guide - see related publications section.
Requirements of Role
You’ll have your photo taken for local publication, in line with our aim of giving the community confidence in the police. This will appear on our Safer Neighbourhood website and other advertising material.