We are launching our first campaign to recruit more officers from diverse backgrounds.

We want our police force to look more like the communities we serve. At the moment just over two per cent of our officers are identified as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME).

We offer you a rewarding career where you can serve the community you live in, while preventing and detecting crime, protecting vulnerable people, supporting victims and dealing with criminals.

New constables will start on a salary of £24,518 with the potential to rise to £41,150 within your first seven years.

Pre-application workshop for police constables 

Are you interested becoming a Police Constable for Essex Police? As part of our Positive Action Programme, we are inviting people from the Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority communities (but not exclusive to) to join us at a Pre-application workshop for help and guidance to support you through the early stages of the recruitment process.

Before considering an application with us, please note our eligibility criteria includes that you need:

  • To be 18 years old and over
  • Have 2 A-Levels or equivalent
  • Have a full UK Driving Licence
  • To be a British citizen or citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area
  • To not have tattoos which cause offence, are excessive or considered unprofessional

Full details on eligibility can be found on our police officer recruitment page.

The Recruitment team and Diversity and Inclusion team will be advising how to apply for the role of Police Constable including the overall process, and will provide all the handy tips for your application form.

Please note these are not drop in sessions and will need to be pre-booked.

The timetable will be:

  • A presentation on how to complete your application form for Police Constable (30 mins)
  • A question and answer session with current Police Constables (30 mins).

Please select which event you wish to attend, the content is the same in each location.

All attendees are asked to bring photographic ID (including guests) and standard procedure bag searches will be taking place on arrival.

  • Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – 6-7pm
    Essex Police College, St Margaret’s road, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DS
    (Parking on-site)

  • Tuesday 14th January 2020 – 6-7pm
    Southend Police Station, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ES.
    (Please allow time to find a nearby public car park, we apologise for any inconvenience.)

If you are wish to attend please complete our form.

Please note if you are unable to attend these dates, we will have further events advertised in the near future, thank you for your interest in Essex Police.

Hear from our officers and staff

Hear what our officers, staff, volunteers, and family members have to say about some of the main misconceptions and barriers that exist between some of our BAME communities and the police.

Support and opportunities

Equality Support Networks

Essex Police are an Equal Opportunity Employer, promoting equality of opportunity for all regardless of background, without discrimination, especially but not exclusively on the grounds of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sexual Orientation


There are a number of support networks to help support our officers from all backgrounds.

The networks are for those with similar characteristics and are used for skill sharing, information sharing, progression opportunities and sometimes friendship in what can be a challenging environment. Anyone who works for Essex Police can join all networks at any point in their career, and contribute as much or as little to the network as desired.

Some of our networks include:

Women’s Leadership Development Forum (WLDF)

The Women’s Leadership & Development Forum is a support group for all women officers & staff, although there are also some male members. The aims of the group is to:

  • Support colleagues in their personal development
  • Empower officers & staff to be the best they can be
  • Support women through times of change


Minority and Ethnic Support Association (MESA)

MESA is a support network consisting of minority ethnic Police Officers, Special Constables and staff, of all ranks and grades from across the force. MESA has a number of associate members who are not minority ethnic but have an interest and commitment to furthering its aims. MESA are committed to ensuring fair and equal treatment of minority ethnic members of Essex Police and a quality of service to the diverse communities of Essex.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (LGBT Network)

The LGBT Network is a non-statutory association which represents the needs and interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members of the Essex police service. Our aims are to: Promote equal opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered police officers and police staff; Offer advice and support to LGBT police officers and police staff and to improve relations between the police service and the LGBT community. Details of registered members are held in confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act, and are not linked to their employment records.

Disability Network

The Essex Police Disability Network plays an essential role in representing employees with disabilities and/or caring responsibilities within Essex Police, as well as supporting their welfare and interests. It also plays an important role in improving public trust and confidence by establishing and developing vital policing relationships with the disabled communities of Essex.

Work-life Balance Network

The Work-Life Balance Network provides support and advice to female officers and staff during their pregnancy, maternity leave and upon returning to work.

Fairplay Advisers

We have a zero tolerance policy on discrimination within our force and take a robust approach to deal with unfairness and inappropriate behaviours.

We have a number of Fairplay Advisers who are Essex Police officers and staff that volunteer their time to support officers and staff who need advice and guidance around any issues of unfairness in the workplace.

Our Fairplay Advisers will listen to what has happened, provide initial support and signpost you towards help and support within the force.

Positive Action Programme

Our commitment to promoting fairness and equality is underpinned by our Positive Action programme. In line with equality legislation, Positive Action initiative offers under-represented groups additional support to ensure equality of opportunity for the recruitment process is fair for everyone.

Positive Action initiatives include:

The buddy scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates

The buddy is a trained Police officer or member of Police staff who becomes a point of contact at all stages of the recruitment process to offer moral support and guidance through the process.

Preparation Evenings

There are various stages to our recruitment process. Once you have been successful at shortlisting stage, you’ll be invited to attend a briefing event to find out more information about the role and the next stage of the selection process. This briefing session will ensure you are provided with information about the Police National SEARCH Assessment Centre and give you the opportunity to ask any questions and clarify any information. At this point you will have an opportunity to sign up to our Positive Action Programme (PAP) to support you with the remaining stages of the process.

Job variety, opportunities and progression

Joining Essex Police as a new Police Constable is the start of an exciting and rewarding journey that could take you anywhere.

Policing is not all about being on the front line. Once you have completed your probationary period and become a full constable there are a variety of different roles you can progress into, each with competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

Whether its dog handling, public protection, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), there are hundreds of potential career opportunities waiting for you.

To find out more about the different roles you can progress in with Essex Police, visit our job profiles.

Rank Structure and progression

Police officers are offered ongoing training, guidance and support to help with personal and professional development. If there is a desire to progress, individuals are helped to move through the ranks into senior positions within the force.

Our rank structure:

  • Police Constable
  • Sergeant
  • Inspector
  • Chief Inspector
  • Superintendent
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Assistant Chief Constable
  • Deputy Chief Constable
  • Chief Constable.


For more information about eligibility and the recruitment process please visit our police officer recruitment page.

Apply now