Essex Police offers unique career opportunities to those who join us.

Essex is a very safe county and provides exciting challenges to our officers. Operating across the county in partnership with different agencies and authorities, Essex Police also works in collaboration with Kent Police.

We are currently offering a range of transferee and rejoiner opportunities for:

  • Detectives
  • Firearms officers
  • Online investigators
  • Uniformed officer
  • Chief Inspectors/Detective Chief Inspectors

We police one of the longest coastlines in the UK - patrolled by our Marine Unit. There are two airports - Southend and Stansted - as well as numerous airfields and the county is home to an extensive rail network. We operate across 1,405 square miles which borders four counties and four London boroughs, policing an estimated population of 1.72 million people making it the fifth most populous county in England.

Essex Police is a unique force. We operate across a large area but in comparison to other forces, we are relatively small. Our smaller size makes room for people’s personalities to shine through and we pride ourselves on recognising good work. We are a close-knit family that supports each other and we are all determined to deliver the best possible service to the residents of Essex.

Interested?

We have a number of opportunities to transfer or apply for promotion to develop your career across our policing ranks.  Talk to us about what you want to do and we will put you in touch with experienced officers who can talk to you more about the opportunities we offer and what it is like to work within our team.

If you have served with another force at any rank and have been out of policing longer than 5 years, then we would also like to hear from you, please contact us via the email or phone number below for further discussion.

If you are interested in joining us please register with us at:
corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk and we will send you a link to apply. Please provide your telephone number so we can discuss our opportunities with you and a brief explanation of:

  • The rank in which you are interested
  • Any relevant skills (e.g. detective/firearms)
  • Any specific geographical preferences

Alternatively, you could call the recruitment team on 01245 452234 who will be happy to assist you.

Our Opportunities

We are looking for accredited detective constables or those officers who have passed the National Investigators Exam and are willing to complete the Initial Crime Investigation Development Programme for Detective Constable (DC).

We have range of exciting, challenging and varied opportunities across the investigative field including the Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT), Child Abuse Investigation teams (CAIT) or Adult Sexual Abuse Investigation teams (ASAIT).

Officers not already qualified as Detectives will be fully supported to complete the ICIDP programme, gaining qualification as a Detective Constable.  Each officer will be fully supported through the process, with a Tutor DC assigned to them. 

Primarily, we are seeking keen and enthusiastic individuals who are willing to work as part of our team. This is a demanding but rewarding role requiring a high level of resilience, professionalism and dedication.

Apply to become a Detective with Essex Police

Recruitment process

Upon receipt of your application a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss your skills and experience and how they align with Essex Police, following the discussion the recruitment process will consist of an Interview, vetting, medical, references and fitness test.

Essex Police offer a range of opportunities for transferees and re-joiners to the role of uniformed police constable.

Next steps

We have exciting opportunities available for experienced police constables from all backgrounds currently serving with other Home Office Forces to join a dynamic Police Force.  We can provide you with a variety of career opportunities including the chance to specialise or progress and gain promotion. We run promotion boards throughout the year (depending on resourcing priorities). If you believe your skills, experience and passion for Policing are suited to Essex Police, please apply now:

Apply to become a Uniformed Police Constable with Essex Police

Recruitment process

Upon receipt of your application a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss your skills and experience and how they align with Essex Police, following the discussion the recruitment process will consist of an Interview, vetting, medical, references and fitness test.

Essex Police have an exciting opportunity for constables, who are existing Authorised Firearms Officers, to transfer directly to one of our Firearms User Groups; either at Stansted Airport or our Force Support Unit.

All armed policing within Essex is managed under our Operational Policing Command, our Force Support Unit is based at Boreham, just outside Chelmsford, which provides the central Armed Response and Tactical Firearms functions for the county of Essex, our Firearms Training Department and the Stansted Airport Armed Policing Team. The Armed Response Vehicle Officers at Stansted Airport provide high visibility patrols and counter terrorism deterrents at this busy international airport and one of the lead policing services in relation to Project Servator.

Essex Police have recently introduced a career pathway for AFOs starting at Stansted Airport. Initially officers will be trained to Authorised Firearms Officer role profile, they will then receive an upskill course to Armed Response Vehicle (ARVO) status whilst serving at Stansted Airport. Following successful completion of this officers are able to apply for roles at Boreham.

Transferring officers who are current authorised firearms officers will supply full training records which will be assessed individually by our Firearms Training Team with the view to maintaining skill levels where possible. Both the Force Support Unit and the Airport provide challenging and proactive working environments. The OPC Command Team will assess all applicants and decide on most suitable entry route based on skills and training. Applicants will need to:

  • A proven ability to undertake all duties outlined in the National AFO (shooting and tactics) role profile. Candidates must be able to produce a training record endorsed by their Chief Firearms Instructor.
  • Standard driver accreditation.
  • Job Related Fitness Test Level will initially be 7.6 or 9.4 depending on entry route. This will be tested as part of the Assessment process.

It is essential that the successful applicant can demonstrate the ability to work within a highly motivated team environment. Excellent communication skills, sound judgment and the ability to think and act rapidly when required are vital to this role.

What we can offer

  • Continued professional developmental Training; entry onto the career pathway and training for Armed Response Vehicle Officers if profile is not already held.
  • A unique and challenging working environment
  • 4 on 4 off shift pattern

To find out more and talk to us about what you want to do, we can put you in touch with our champion inspector Andy Watkins at Stansted Airport. He will tell you more about the opportunities we offer and what it is like to work within our team. To arrange this please email: corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk

Apply to become an Authorised Firearms Officer with Essex Police

Recruitment process

Upon receipt of your application a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss your skills and experience and how they align with Essex Police, following the discussion the recruitment process will consist of an Interview, vetting, medical, references and fitness test.

Essex Police Opportunities for Sergeant/Detective Sergeant

Promotion & Transfer Opportunities

Starting Salary: National Sergeant Pay scale plus £2,000 South East allowance (or other housing rent allowance).

We are looking for suitably qualified Constables/Detective Constables who are eligible for promotion to join our leadership teams.

We are also looking for Sergeants or Detective Sergeants on level transfer.

Are you a dynamic, innovative and operationally credible leader?

If you answered yes, then Essex Police wants to hear from you.

You will need to be truly committed and passionate about leading people.

You will play a key role in developing teams and individuals, working with partners and enhancing performance to provide an exceptional policing service to the people of Essex.

Sound interesting?

To find out more and talk to us about what you want to do please email:  corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.police.uk.

We will tell you more about the opportunities that we offer and look at possible postings with you.

Successful candidates will provide substantial evidence of leading the provision of a high-quality service to the public, demonstrating potential at Sergeant level. In addition candidates will be required to demonstrate evidence at level 2 of the national Competency and Values Framework (CVF):

  • We are emotionally aware                            
  • We take ownership
  • We are collaborative
  • We deliver, support and inspire
  • We analyse critically
  • We are innovative and open-minded
  • Impartiality
  • Integrity
  • Public Service
  • Transparency

 Candidates wishing to be considered for a Detective Sergeant role must also be an Accredited Detective and have a proven background of managing complex investigations.

We are looking for uniformed Inspectors on a level transfer or suitably qualified sergeants who are eligible for promotion to join our leadership teams.

Are you a dynamic, innovative and operationally credible leader?

If you answered yes, then Essex police want to hear from you.

You will need to be truly committed and passionate about leading people.

You will play a key role in developing partnerships that will provide an exceptional policing service to the people of Essex and be committed to enhancing service delivery.

To find out more and talk to us about what you want to do please email:  corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.police.uk.

We will tell you more about the opportunities that we offer and look at possible postings with you.  

We regularly offer opportunities to suitably qualified officers at all ranks who are eligible for promotion or are seeking a level transfer to join our leadership teams.

To find out more and to talk to us about what you want to do, please email hr.people.development@ecis.police.uk. We will tell you more about the opportunities we offer and what it is like to work within our team.

Opportunities for Chief Superintendent/Detective Chief Superintendent

Starting salary : National Chief Superintendent payscale plus £2,000 South East allowance (or other housing rent allowance).

Essex Police is continuing to grow. The force is increasing in size by approximately another 400 Officers over two years, we are rebuilding key parts of our estate and solving more crimes.

We are recruiting for suitably qualified Superintendents/Detective Superintendents who are eligible for promotion and Chief Superintendents/Detective Chief Superintendents to wish to join us as a level transfer.

We are looking for great leaders, with an exceptional operational background, outstanding personal qualities and a passion for people.  Essex Police is made up of different people with the same values. As an inclusive force, we are looking to attract people from all backgrounds.

Essex is a remarkable and diverse county with urban areas just minutes from the capital, international ports and airports and a large rural economy. Our force is made up of loyal, committed, motivated and innovative officers, staff and volunteers. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional outcomes for victims, making the county safer and working with partners and the wider community across Essex.

If successful, you will be key to delivering outstanding performance against the Force Plan and our mission to help people, keep people safe and catch criminals. You will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing strategies that will support victims, reduce violence, enhance visibility and protect the most vulnerable within our society.

You will demonstrate a true commitment to developing a diverse, empowered and enthusiastic workforce which meets the needs of policing both now and in the future, while ensuring a strong public service ethic and an absolute commitment to fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality.

Promotion assessments are currently scheduled between 15th and 20th October 2020*. 

During our assessment process you will be required to demonstrate evidence at Level 3 of the national Competency and Values Framework.

Please join our virtual briefing events to find out more:

  • 30th September 0900 – “Life as a Senior Officer in Essex Police” - Hear what it is really like to work here and listen to real stories from our senior officers
  • 6th October 0830 - “Promotion Process Briefing” – Hear from our assessment panels to find out what we are looking for and an outline as to the assessment process.

All briefings will be conducted via Microsoft Teams platform.

To request an application pack and to confirm attendance at the above briefing events please  email : hr.people.development@ecis.police.uk

The closing date for applications to be returned is midday Friday 9th October 2020

For more information about the positions please contact HR People Development on the above email address.

If successful you must also complete the necessary vetting and security checks required for these roles.

*Please note these dates may be subject to change.

We are also offering an exciting opportunity to officers who have previously served with Essex police or other home office forces in the past to re-join our outstanding force.

If you are a former officer who left a home office force and left at PC rank who wishes to re-join then we would like to hear from you. For further information corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.police.uk.

To apply for this position please complete out online application form.

We regularly offer opportunities to suitably qualified officers at all ranks who are eligible for promotion or are seeking a level transfer to join our leadership teams.

To find out more and to talk to us about what you want to do, please email hr.people.development@ecis.police.uk. We will tell you more about the opportunities we offer and what it is like to work within our team.

Further information

To be eligible to transfer to us, you will:

  • be currently serving at the rank of constable in a recognised Home Office police force
  • have successfully completed your probationary period
  • have an acceptable performance, attendance and disciplinary record
  • demonstrate a passion and commitment to policing in Essex
  • display full competence against the Competency Values Framework for the appropriate rank

Essex Police requires all transferee applicants to be transferring from Home Office forces and to have successfully completed their probationary period. Once you have passed our initial assessment process we will commence pre-employment checks which consist of a force medical assessment, fitness test and vetting checks. Successful candidates are expected to complete a minimum of 2 years in post unless there are exceptional circumstances.