If you’d like to volunteer your time, you can join us as a Special Constable, or young people can join us as a Police Cadet to learn new life skills.
As a police officer there are hundreds of opportunities for your future career. Whether you’re protecting our coastal communities in our Marine Unit, safeguarding vulnerable victims of domestic abuse, or stopping the supply of drugs in your local area, there are so many ways that you can make a difference to the people of Essex.
It’s no secret that our differences make us stronger, and our officers definitely don’t let their differences hold them back. They embrace them and use them as strengths – whether it’s their age and experience, their language, their gender, or their cultural background, everyone has something unique to bring to the workforce.
Whether you pride yourself on your sense of adventure, your creativity, or your problem-solving skills, we know that every applicant can bring something new to the Essex Police family.
Our officers are from military, retail, office and teaching backgrounds to name just a few. Whatever their background, their skills have brought something valuable to their role.
Driven by their motivation to keep people safe, our officers pride themselves on acting with integrity and honesty and are guided by a strong moral compass.
Want to know more about your future colleagues? Visit our 'Life as a PC' page where you can read the profiles of officers, staff and detectives – ranging from the Chief Constable to a fingerprint expert.
Our officers fit the bill, could you?
Starting salary range is: £23,908 - £24,780 plus £2,000 South East allowance.
The county of Essex has an estimated population of 1.7 million, making it the fifth most populous county in England. Essex Police operates across an area of 1,405 square miles which borders the counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and four London boroughs.
The county is home to one city, four large urban towns and small rural villages linked by a strategic road network, including the M25, M11, A12, A127 and A13. The Dartford River Crossing, linking Essex with Kent, is used by around 51.5 million vehicles a year and an average of 150,000 vehicles daily.
Essex has an extensive coastline which includes the ports of Harwich and Tilbury. A third deepwater port, the London Gateway at Stanford-le-Hope, is part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure. This is the closest deep-water port to London, enabling the world’s largest container ships to dock in the UK’s main economic and population centre.
Essex is home to London’s third largest airport, Stansted, which had over 25 million passengers in 2017. Southend Airport has also undergone significant expansion in recent years and in the same period handled over a million passengers.
In addition, the county has an extensive rail network with 80 stations, including eight on the London Underground network.
Every person working for the police service must work honestly and ethically. The public expect the police to do the right thing in the right way. Basing decisions and actions on a set of policing principles will help to achieve this.
Standards of professional behaviour
These standards reflect the expectations that the professional body and the public have of the behaviour of those working in policing.
Honesty and Integrity
Authority, Respect and Courtesy
Equality and Diversity
Use of force
Orders and instructions
Duties and responsibilities
Fitness for work
Challenging and reporting improper conduct
Essex Police support, champion and ensure these values are met, maintained and positively championed throughout its work force. We expect all staff members and future officers to not only adhere to these, but also to ensure they are championed at every possible opportunity to ensure best practice and fairness, equality and integrity is shown to everyone. Please view the Code of Ethics.
Interested in applying?
Great! The next step is to take a look through all of the information in the sections below, making sure you read it carefully.
We'll explain more about what it's like to be a PC, what the eligibility requirements are and what the recruitment process is like.
If you'd like more information, why not attend one of our upcoming events or workshops. These are great for those wanting some help with their application or to talk through any issues or concerns in person.
If you're thinking about becoming a police officer, you need to consider if you've got what it takes to do the job well. Take the quiz to find out if a career as a police officer might be right for you.