Local policing is at the heart of Essex Police and Essex is divided into three Local Policing Areas, the North LPA, the South LPA and the West LPA. Within each LPA are a number of teams that work towards protecting others in their area.

Local Policing Teams are teams consisting of police officers of varying ranks, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Special Constables all dedicated to responding to local incidents, carrying out high visibility patrols and gathering intelligence to act on crimes in their community.

From protecting victims at domestic abuse incidents - To patrolling local areas - To securing a crime scene

Police officers work in the below roles:

Police Constables

Police Constables respond to 999 and 101 calls, investigate crime and take initial action at critical incidents. They are also responsible for tackling local crime and patrolling local areas to disrupt and deter criminals.


Sergeants supervise teams of Police Constables and are responsible for overseeing police operations, crime investigations and take initial control of critical incidents.


Inspectors are responsible for supervising all officers on duty at the time of their shift. Responsibilities include organising and controlling the work of police officers and police staff as well as overseeing critical incidents. 

You can also progress up the ranks to:

  • Chief Inspectors
  • Superintendent 
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Assistant Chief Constable
  • Deputy Chief Constable 
  • Chief Constable

Anti-social behaviour team 

Based at our HQ in Chelmsford, anti-social behaviour officers, usually a Police Sergeant, oversee and have strategic oversight of anti-social behaviour policies and procedures in Essex Police. Officers supervise anti-social behaviour support staff based in each LPA as well as give support and advice to Community Policing Teams in how to deal with ASB in their area. 

From developing anti-social behaviour policies and procedures – To supporting districts in resolving ASB issues – To attending joint agency meetings to resolve ASB.

Rural Engagement Team

Launching in summer 2017, a team consisting of one sergeant and four Pcs will work towards managing unauthorised encampments and also be leading the national operation, Op Galileo, an operation to combat hare coursing. The team will also assist partners including the Environment Agency in relation to fly tipping. 

From attending partner agency meetings to manage unauthorised encampments – To leading operations to tackle hare coursing – To assisting partner agencies with fly tipping

Rural and heritage crime team

We have a team of dedicated officers that work to tackle rural and heritage crime in Essex from hare coursing to unlawful metal detecting.

From working to protect heritage sights – To dealing with hare coursing – To disrupting unlawful metal detecting.

Mental Health Street Triage Team

The Mental Health Street Triage Team is made up of officers that work with mental health practitioners in triage cars with a primary purpose is to assist officers where there is consideration for a detention under section 136 of the Mental Health Act (MHA).

From attending mental health related incidents - To supporting those in crisis - To ensuring patients receive the best treatment.