Entry route & training

Entry route

  • Paper-sift - Checking your eligibility to apply.
  • Competency-based question marking - The competency questions in your application will be technically marked. The spelling and grammar in your application will also be marked.
  • Interview.
  • Vetting checks.
  • Reference checks.
  • Medical assessment.
  • Fitness test.

The assessment process can take up to three months to complete. If successful at interview, you will go into a recruitment pool while the recruitment checks are being processed. We run a number of intake training courses throughout the year and you will be assigned to an intake in line with your posting preferences and Force priorities at that time.


All PCSOs complete an eight-week course of formal training as outlined below. Training is undertaken on a full-time basis at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead. It’s designed to provide a solid understanding in the essentials of a PCSO's role and powers. You will be deployed to a police station after completing eight weeks of training. This marks the beginning of your Thames Valley Police career.

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