Essex Police seeks to offer unique and varied opportunities to its workforce.

Essex is a rapidly expanding county; many rural areas being developed into large conurbations.  The changing shape of the county presents significant challenges to Essex Police and its employees.

Essex Police collaborates with Kent Police in a number of areas and continues to develop strong working partnerships with local agencies and authorities. Essex Police seeks to offer unique and varied opportunities to its workforce.

Our commitment to promoting fairness and equality is underpinned by our Positive Action programme. In line with equality legislation, Positive Action initiative offers under-represented groups additional support to ensure equality of opportunity for the recruitment process is fair for everyone.

There are a number of support networks to help support our officers from all backgrounds.

The networks are for those with similar characteristics and are used for skill sharing, information sharing, progression opportunities and sometimes friendship in what can be a challenging environment. Anyone who works for Essex Police can join all networks at any point in their career, and contribute as much or as little to the network as desired.

Flexible working and part time working will be considered on an individual’s basis and considering the organisational needs. 

At Essex Police we are committed to recruiting a workforce which better reflect our communities we serve.

Available positions

We are keen to hear from officers seeking a level transfer or re-joining at the ranks of;

  • Constable;
  • Sergeant;
  • Inspector.

Presently, Essex Police are seeking applications from officers suitable for promotion to the ranks of;

  • Sergeant, and;
  • Inspector.

In addition, we’d welcome interest from Constables with skills and attributes in the areas of;

  • Authorised Firearms Officer;
  • Detective.

Successful candidates will be eligible for salary at the national pay scale for that rank, plus £2,000 per annum South East allowance (or other housing rent allowance).

Essex Police employs over 5,600 people.  It operates over an area of 1,424² miles with an estimated population of 1.84 million people, making it the 7th most populous county in England and Wales.  Essex is bordered by 4 London boroughs and the counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Kent with who it shares the Dartford River Crossing.

Essex has an extensive coastline which includes the ports of Harwich and Tilbury. A third deep-water port, the London Gateway at Stanford-le-Hope, is part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.

Essex is home to London’s third largest airport, Stansted. Southend airport, in the south of the county, is an up-and-coming travel hub. The county has an extensive rail network with 80 stations, including eight on the London Underground network.

Essex Police operates three Local Policing Areas (LPA’s), North, South & West. Main hubs in each area include;

North Local Policing Area

  • Braintree
  • Chelmsford
  • Clacton
  • Colchester
  • Maldon

South Local Policing Area

  • Basildon
  • Southend

West Local Policing Area

  • Grays
  • Harlow

HQ & Airport

  • HQ Chelmsford
  • Stansted

Uniformed and Specialist departments operate from these hubs and others situated within the LPA’s.

Essex boasts a diverse and inclusive workforce and strives to foster and maintain strong community links. One of the larger police forces, Essex Police prides itself on recognising and promoting the work of its people. We are a close-knit family that supports each other, and we are determined to deliver the best possible service to the residents of Essex.

Is Essex your future?

We have a number of opportunities to transfer or apply for promotion, to develop your career across our policing ranks.

If you completed your probationary period and served with another force at any rank, even if you’ve been out of policing for a number of years, then we would also like to hear from you, please contact us via the email below for further discussion.

If you are interested in joining us as a transferee or a re-joiner please register with us at:

corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk and we will send you a link to apply.

Please note - this email address needs to be pre-loaded with the below question set.

  • Name
  • Age
  • The rank in which you are interested
  • Previous policing service (rank, service period etc)
  • Attributes skills (detective, firearms etc)
  • Any geographical preference

Note – Essex Police will only accept officers who have completed their probationary period or previously served within a Home Office police force (as defined within The Police Act 1996 – Part 1).

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.

Transfer & Rejoiner Opportunities for Constables – Authorised Firearms Officer

We are actively recruiting firearms officers.

Whether you are an Authorised Firearms Officer, an Armed Response Officer or National Firearms Instructor, Essex Police have exciting opportunities for you to transfer directly to one of our Firearms User Groups. All of the User Groups are delivered from our Operational Policing Command (OPC) working from Stansted Airport, our firearms base at Boreham (just outside Chelmsford) or our firearms training team at our Headquarters in Chelmsford.

The following opportunities are currently available for experienced firearms officers who wish to develop their career with Essex Police:

Authorised Firearms Officers

As an AFO, you’ll be based at Stansted Airport, providing counter terrorist high visibility patrols at one of the UK’s busiest airports.  You’ll be interacting with a diverse range of members of the public as you keep them safe and secure on their journey.  Stansted Airport has a community atmosphere, with a large number of partner agencies and retail outlets relying on your professionalism and vigilance to keep them safe.

Suitable AFO’s will be entered onto the Firearms career pathway, where you’ll be developed and supported to gain the ARVO role profile.

Armed Response Vehicle Officers

As the first on scene at firearms incidents, you’ll play a key role in keeping members of the public safe throughout Essex.  You will be the primary response to all spontaneous and planned firearms incidents in the county.  You will support the wider force using your skills with Method Of Entry and medical emergencies. You will provide visible, proactive policing support to local policing colleagues.

ARVO’s will be selected for specialist training, when the opportunities arise.  These include Operational Firearms Commander, National Firearms Instructor, Close Protection, Rifle and Mobile Armed Support To Surveillance.

National Firearms Instructors

As a member of our firearms training team you’ll support and develop our firearms officers in improving and refining their firearms skills.  You will be responsible for the continued professional development of all our firearms officers, including the training of specialist skills.  You will lead initial firearms courses, ensuring we are selecting the right candidates for this high pressured and rewarding area of policing.

NFI’s are eligible to apply for specialist training, when the opportunities arise.

What we can offer:

  • A unique and challenging working environment.
  • Continued support and development in your career; entry on the AFO career pathway to achieve the ARVO profile.
  • Excellent work / life balance; 4 on 4 off shift pattern for AFO’s and ARVO’s, 2 weekly rotating pattern with weekends off for NFI’s.
  • Dedicated fitness / wellbeing time supported by excellent gym facilities.
  • The opportunity to further your firearms career by specialising as an Operational Firearms Commander, Mobile Armed Support to Surveillance officer, Close Protection officer or Rifle officer.
  • In addition to the National Police Pay Scales, Essex Police Officers receive a £2000 south eastern allowance and currently our Firearms Officers receive a further £2000 payment awarded in accordance with Section 31 of the Police Act 1996 this is based on set criteria under guided procedure and claimed on a quarterly basis.

Applicants will need:

  • A proven track record in a Firearms role. Candidates will need to produce training records endorsed by their Chief Firearms Instructor as part of the transfer process.
  • Applicants will also need to be able to demonstrate the ability to work in a highly motivated team environment, have excellent communication skills, demonstrate sound judgement and the ability to think and act rapidly when required.
  • Standard driving accreditation
  • Job Related Fitness Test will be undertaken as part of the transfer process. This will be 7.6 or 9.4 depending on the entry route

At Essex Police we value difference, our commitment to promoting fairness and equality is underpinned by our Positive Action programme. In line with equality legislation, Positive Action initiative offers under-represented groups additional support to ensure equality of opportunity for the recruitment process is fair for everyone.

Flexible working and part time working will be considered on an individual’s basis and considering the organisational needs.

Expressions of interest and requests for further information should be submitted to Inspector Andy Watkins at the following address: Andy.Watkins@essex.police.uk

Transfer, Promotion & Rejoiner Opportunities for Sergeant/Detective Sergeant

Essex Police are seeking Constables/Detective Constables who are eligible for promotion to join our leadership teams.

We would also welcome applications from Sergeants or Detective Sergeants on level transfer.

Are you an Intelligent, Resolute and Inclusive individual?

Do you consider yourself to be dynamic, professional, innovative and operationallycredible?

You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment and passion for policing as well as your ability and enthusiasm for leading people.

You will be influential in developing teams and individuals, working with partners and enhancing performance and professionalism in order to provide an exceptional policing service to the people of Essex.

Successful candidates will provide substantial evidence of leading and delivering a high-quality service to the public, demonstrating potential at Sergeant level.

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

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.

To find out more and talk to us about what you want to do please email:

corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.police.uk

Our team will tell you more about the available opportunities and look at possible postings with you.

Please note - this email address needs to be pre-loaded with the below question set.

  • Name
  • Age
  • The rank in which you are interested
  • Previous policing service (rank, service period etc)
  • Attributes skills (detective, firearms etc)
  • Any geographical preference

Opportunities for Inspector/Detective Inspector

Starting salary: National Inspector payscale plus £2,000 South East allowance (or other housing rent allowance).
 
Essex Police is continuing to grow. We are recruiting for suitably qualified Sergeants/Detective Sergeants who are eligible for promotion and Inspectors/Detective Inspectors to wish to join us on a level transfer.

We are looking for great leaders, with an exceptional operational background, outstanding personal qualities and a passion for supporting, inspiring and developing 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 helping us deliver outstanding performance against the Force Plan and our mission to help people, keep people safe and catch criminals.

Promotion assessments are currently scheduled between 4th May-21st May 2021

During our assessment process you will be required to demonstrate evidence at Level 2 of the national Competency and Values Framework.

Please join our virtual briefing events to find out more:
 
• 22nd April 2021 1530-1700 “Promotion Process Briefing” – Hear from our Chief Officers to find out what we are looking for and an outline as to the assessment process. You will also be able to hear from our Inspectors about what it is like to work with us.
 
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 our HR People Development Team.
 
The closing date for applications to be returned is 28th April 2021 at 1600hrs
 
For more information about the positions please contact our HR People Development Team
 
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 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.

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.

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.