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 opportunities for:

  • Detectives
  • Firearms officers
  • Uniformed officer
  • Superintendent/Detective Superintendent

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

Detective Constable

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.  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.

Uniformed Police Constable

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.

Authorised Firearms Officer

Essex Police have an exciting opportunity for constables, who are existing Authorised Firearms Officers, to transfer directly to Stansted Airport part of our Operational Policing Command.

All armed policing within Essex is managed under our Operational Policing Command, this includes the Force Support Unit based at Boreham which provides the central Armed Response and Tactical Firearms functions for the county of Essex, our Weapons 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 currently hold ARV role profile will be assessed individually by our Weapons Training Team with the view to maintaining skill levels where possible. The Airport is a challenging environment that requires the successful candidate to demonstrate:

  • 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 (for progression to ARVO or with current ARVO role profile it will be 9.4). 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

  • Developmental Training for Armed Response Vehicle Officers
  • 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.

Sergeant (Detective and uniformed)

We are looking for Sergeants/Detective Sergeants on level transfer or suitably qualified Constables/Detective Constables 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 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 partnerships that will provide an exceptional policing service to the people of Essex and be committed to enhancing service delivery.

Sound interesting?

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

Inspector (Detective and Uniformed)

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

We are also looking for Inspectors or Detective Inspectors 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.

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

 

Chief Inspector (Detective and Uniformed)

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 corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk. We will tell you more about the opportunities we offer and what it is like to work within our team.

Superintendent (Detective and Uniformed)

Promotion / Level Transfer Opportunities

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

Essex Police are looking for suitably qualified Chief Inspectors/Detective Chief Inspectors who are eligible for promotion and Superintendents/Detective Superintendents on a level transfer to join its leadership team.

We are seeking dynamic, innovative, and operationally credible leaders who are committed to enhancing service delivery that will support victims, reduce violence, enhance visibility and protect the most vulnerable within our society. The successful candidates will be truly committed and passionate about leading people and developing key partnerships to provide an exceptional policing service to the people of Essex.

Successful candidates will provide substantial evidence of leading the provision of a high-quality service to the public, demonstrating potential at Superintendent level. In addition, candidates will be required to demonstrate evidence at level 3 of the national Competency and Values Framework (CVF):

  • We are innovative and open-minded

  • We are emotionally aware
                         
  • We take ownership

  • We are collaborative

  • We deliver, support and inspire

  • We analyse critically


Candidates will also be measured against the following values:

  • Impartiality

  • Integrity

  • Public Service

  • Transparency


Candidates wishing to be considered for a Detective Superintendent role must also:

  • Be an Accredited Detective and have a proven background of managing complex investigations.


If you wish to register your interest in these positions please email our Human Resources department on: hr.people.development@ecis.police.uk (please note our Human Resources department is a collaborative department with Kent Police).

Alternatively if you would like to speak about this opportunity please contact us on 01622 654450.

Please note that Chief Officer support will be required as part of the application form.

The selection process is in three stages:

  1. Chief Officer Briefing: to provide more information on the process 2.30pm 17th October 2019

  2. Application window: 9th October – (midday) 28th October (10am) 2019

  3. Assessment process:

    Media and Stakeholder assessment:
    6th and 7th November 2019
    Interview: 11th November - 22nd November 2019


To support potential candidates and to provide advice on both the process and the Deputy Chief Constable’s requirements of future leaders a mandatory briefing will be held for interested candidates at 2.30pm on Thursday 17th October 2019. Applications will be subject to a paper sifting process. Candidates who are successful at paper sifting will progress to a further assessment process.

Please note: at Stage 2, applicants who have been unsuccessful for promotion in their own force within the previous 12 months will need to provide Essex Police with the specific feedback and development plan that demonstrates they have addressed the development areas. In addition, applicants must be supported to apply for these roles by their current management team and Chief Superintendent.

In order to support Force resilience and to maintain operational skills and credibility successful candidates will be expected to conduct relevant on-call duties if successful.

Essex Police welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity,  race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender, sex (or gender), employment status.

Where appropriate we will make adjustments to the selection process, working arrangements and/or the working environment provided it is reasonable in all the circumstances so to do.

If you have a disability or health condition that requires adjustments during any element of the selection process please provide HR People Development with details of the adjustment you would require at the earliest opportunity.

Successful applicants will receive postings based on specific skills, vacancy and operational requirements. Candidates should be aware that we will post successful candidates into the most appropriate role/location based on organisational need even where candidates have stated a specific preference.

Promotion Opportunities

Essex Police are currently open for Sergeant and Inspector promotion opportunities.

If you are interested in promotion to other ranks within Essex Police, please register your interest here.  We will be in touch with you when we next open for promotions to your specified rank.

Promotion opportunities - complete expression of interest

Previous Essex Officers - Rejoiner/Transferee opportunities

We are also offering an exciting opportunity to officers who have previously served with Essex Police in the past to re-join or transfer back to our outstanding force.  If you are a former Essex police officer colleagues who left the force at PC or Sergeant rank (within the last 5 years for rejoiners) and who wishes to return, then we would like to hear from you.  For further information please contact Corporate Recruitment corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk

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.