Also, I have just been sitting in class and our tutor came in and told us he had been speaking to their sergeant who over sees the course, and they are looking at a new PCSO - PC course which will hopefully come into affect very soon, something which pleased most of us as the majority in the class would like to go on to become PC's.
Yeah, I trained in Kent a few years ago and the same was said to the 100 of us training at the HQ. But it never happens and they really never even thought about it, they just say it as they know most of PCSOs want to be PCs and most of us should have been PCs if it was not for the big PCSOs recruitment push a few years ago
"Be a PCSO instead and after a year you can either join up as a PC or take a new conversion course". Few years on, in my office alone 7 people have been waiting for a start date after passing all the PC tests, bearing in mind there is no conversion course so all had to re-apply as if we didnt work for the Police".
If we ask about what happened to the conversion course, 99% we dont get a reply and the odd time we do its just a "well.......ehh......hmm......... its not going to happen, its been stopped".
If you want to be a PC, its easier to do it if you are a "joe" public as they dont have to replace you