Hi, for the past 6 months I have been looking to join my local police force as a PC. I failed my first application last month and now want to join either the specials or to be a PCSO to then gain vital experience to then move up into a full PC role.
Is this a good idea to become a PCSO to gain experience for then to apply for a PC role or would it best volunteering for that police force's specials when they are recruiting?
Also, is it common for PCSOs to then move into being a PC and if so, how much service do you usually see them doing before moving up?
Thanks in advance for any help