THAMES Valley Police is looking to employ apprentice community support officers in an attempt to address falling numbers.

Many former PCSOs have left to become full police officers, leaving a vacuum.

Latest figures showed the force was 44 PCSOs short of its target and it has now launched the apprenticeship scheme to bring more people into policing.

Matthew Barber, deputy police & crime commissioner said: “This is a great opportunity for people to learn on the job and gain valuable qualifications."