What qualifications do I need to become a Police Officer, Special Constable or Community Support Officer?
Dated: 04 Mar 2014
Qualifications needed to become a Police Officer
Either a level 3 qualification, a police qualification, or experience as a PCSO, special constable or in a police staff role identified by the chief officer of police as relevant. It is for the Chief Officer to select the applicable qualification for their force.
Special Contable & Police Community Support Officer
There are no formal qualifications required to become a Special Constable and the same applies to the PCSO Role.
Applications for both posts consist of an application form and interview, a fitness test ( endurance) and pre-employment checks (vetting, medical and references)
There are 80 hours (5 full weekends) of training to become a Special Constable and approximately 80 hours of home study required as well as the taught element. There is an exam at the end of this period.
There is a 4 week training course to become a PCSO.