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Why become a PCSO?

Who better to tell you than the officers themselves?

“I joPCSO Richard Griffithined Sussex Police in 1994 as a Special Constable before becoming a civilian support staff member in 1996 working in the Criminal Justice Unit based in Crawley. In 2000 I transferred to Gatwick working in the Incident Management Centre dealing with crime reports at the airport.

"I have now been a PCSO for 12 years, the majority of that time on the Neighbourhood Policing Team, now the Airport Community Safety Team at the airport. Gatwick is a fantastic place to work, and is the UK’s busiest single runway airport with around 40 million passengers passing through the airport each year.

"Working closely with my response officer colleagues, we deal with minor crime at the airport as well as providing a high visibility reassuring presence to passengers, staff and visitors to the airport. I also have the opportunity to work with other airport agencies including the Airport Fire Service, UK Border Force and Airport Security staff. Working with colleagues I take part in a number of operations to support airlines and handling agents to help deter crime and antisocial behaviour.“

Richard Griffith
Police Community Support Officer
Airport Community Safety Team – Gatwick

PCSO Michelle Davies“I joined Sussex Police in 2008 as a Police Community Support Officer. I wanted to have a varied and interesting career and this certainly doesn’t disappoint!

"During my time at Sussex Police as PCSO I also applied and fulfilled the role of Public Engagement Officer (PEO). This allowed me to deal with different challenges including communicating to the public through social media and providing advice on a variety of campaigns and crime prevention.

"Having enjoyed a few years of being a PEO, I recently decided to return to the PCSO role. The role continues to evolve and develop and it is great to be part of a team focused on providing a great service to the public.”

Michelle Davies
Police Community Support Officer

PCSO Darren Farrant“I joined Sussex Police as a PCSO in September 2016. After completing my six-week training course at HQ I was posted to Brighton Central Division.

"Before joining Sussex Police as a PCSO, I was working for Victim Support in Restorative Justice and I have recently completed my MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. I had previously worked for Sussex Police for two and a half years in the facilities department at HQ, so I knew how fantastic it was to work here.

"I wanted to be a PCSO because I wanted to make a difference in Brighton, a place I love. The variety of the job was something that attracted me to it; no two days are ever the same. One day you could be out looking for a missing person and the next you could be assisting with a road closure following a road traffic collision.

"I can honestly say that having recently completed my first week on division in Brighton I am glad I made the decision to apply to be a PCSO. The recruitment process is lengthy but it is all worth it, especially when you find your first missing person.”

Darren Farrant
Police Community Support Officer
Brighton & Hove Division