Life as a PC
Every day life for a police constable (PC) presents a new challenge, dealing with different situations and maintaining order.
The job isn’t just about enforcement, you need to be able to build quality relationships and be the reassuring and caring face that every victim and witness needs. It's key that you are prepared for the unexpected but you also need to be able to remain calm under pressure.
Dealing with the range of different situations that we do means it can be tough at times but that's also what makes it exciting, and for every tough moment there are far more rewarding ones.
Joining our team means you'll be part of what our officers often describe as a policing family.
When you work with a group of like minded individuals day in, day out, walking shoulder to shoulder into difficult situations it creates a bond like no other. It is those shared experiences and the feeling of support that reflects the family dynamic.
The most important part of the job will always be to protect life.
But you'll also be protecting property; preventing and detecting crime; giving evidence in court; supporting victims and witnesses; investigating burglaries and working with our partners to bring down serious and organised crime groups - to name a few.
Through our constant support and dedicated police training school we'll prepare you for it all and set you on your way to becoming an Essex Police Officer.
No matter where you're from or what your background or beliefs may be, there is a place for you in our ranks. We want to hear from those who have the ability to earn trust and respect from others and who hold the same important values as we do.
Hear from some of our officers below and take a look at some of the work we deal with.
Staff stories and profiles
What we do
If you want to know more about the work of some of our specialist teams and different departments, or hear from more of our serving officers, see the latest updates from our social media channels - you'll find them in the footer.
Still have questions?
The PC role comes with a lot of responsibility and is a source of great pride.
There are many misconceptions associated with being a police officer, so if you have any burning questions we'll do our best to address them. If you're still unsure after reading through this PC recruitment section why not speak to the experts at one of our recruitment workshops.