One hundred new PCSOs are being recruited in Sussex following an increase in the amount of council tax paid to the police.
A recruitment drive is under way now, and will run until Monday, March 25.
Sussex Police say the PCSOs will work alongside local policing prevention teams, helping to tackle local issues, and, where possible, prevent them happening in the first place.
The new recruits will undertake a learning and development programme – the PCSO Apprenticeship – that will result in a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.
The Sussex force is among the first in the country to introduce this apprentice programme.
Chief Constable Giles York said: “With the precept increase we are able to recruit an additional 100 PSCOs over the next year.
“By recruiting more PCSOs and putting them where they are most needed we will be in the best position to achieve our aim of keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.
“I am delighted we are offering this new qualification to all of our new PSCO recruits. This fantastic opportunity means that we are professionalising policing and with it, continue to demonstrate the value of the work all of our teams do on a daily basis.
“We believe that by offering an apprenticeship we can ensure policing remains an attractive and competitive career option. We expect that it will appeal to those who may not have considered policing as a career choice for them in the past.”
There’s more information about applying for one of the new jobs on the Sussex Police website here.