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Would-be Sussex coppers apply for jobs on Christmas Day
Prospective police officers spent their Christmas Day applying for a new career with their local force.
Sussex Police received six applications on Christmas Day from residents wanting to become a police community support officer.
The force also received 12 applications completed on Boxing Day and 52 on New Year’s Day.
In total, more than 500 people responded to Sussex Police’s advert for the recruitment of 60 PCSOs launched on December 11.
The recruitment window closed at midday on Thursday. Applicants will now face a selection process which involves scenario tests, English skills and verbal reasoning.
Successful candidates will join Sussex Police for an eight-week initial course before being tutored on the streets.
Police bosses hope the new recruits, who could earn up to £20,000 a year, will be in place in time for next summer.
Despite receiving more than eight applications for each available post, the response was lower than the 650 applications the force received for just 30 PCSO jobs in May.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “This is a great result, particularly given that the recruitment window was open for just three weeks and over the holiday period.
“I am delighted that there are so many residents out there who see the value in becoming a PCSO and making a difference in their local communities.
“I wish those who have been initially successful all the very best with the next stage of the application process.”
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “PCSOs perform an important role within the community which includes dealing with low-level nuisance and anti-social behaviour, issuing fixed penalty tickets and conducting other duties that do not require the powers of a police officer.
“These officers provide valuable support to frontline police helping to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and maintaining the visibility of the police within the local community.”
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