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Police officer recruitment is now open for applications.

In Essex Police we are served by brave, committed and conscientious officers and staff. Keeping people safe is what motivates us to walk towards danger, but we’ve also got a responsibility to protect and serve the communities of Essex. A career in policing is both challenging and rewarding.

We like, where possible, to recruit local people, with local knowledge, so we can increasingly reflect the wonderfully diverse communities we serve. We know that valuing individual difference will enable us to identify the widest pool of candidates from the widest mix of cultures, approaches and thinking.

As a police constable you will be responsible for upholding the law, responding to calls for assistance and protecting people from harm using a range of sworn powers in line with organisational standards.

To be successful you will meet our minimum entry requirements, together with demonstrating a passion and commitment to providing a first class policing service to the people of Essex.

Please be aware that on appointment and during your service you may be posted to any location in Essex based on operational need.


We are seeking individuals who are driven by strong values who can make sound decisions which will undoubtedly impact on both their personal and professional reputation. To be successful it is essential that you demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and have the ability to handle a range of complex and challenging policing matters professionally and compassionately.

Could you compassionately support someone who has just been raped, lost a loved one or is feeling suicidal? How do you think you would cope when required to talk someone down from a bridge who wants to kill themselves? How would you react when faced with a child abuser who wants to tell you what they’ve done? Do you have the courage to walk into a public order situation and physically restrain individuals who are fighting? Could you investigate gang culture, drug supply, fraud or corruption?

If you have the professionalism and potential to carry out such tasks without prejudice and the ability to display the appropriate emotions and personal feelings, have passion and share our values to commit to making a difference to our communities in Essex then we are keen to hear from you.

Starting salary £23,639 with the potential to rise to £40,001 within your first 7 years. Note: these figures include a yearly £2,000 South East allowance.

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