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.

We are looking for uniformed Sergeants on a level transfer or suitably qualified 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 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.

There are currently no vacancies for Detective Sergeant, however opportunities may become available over the next few months.

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 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.

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 are currently seeking two Assistant Chief Constables to join Essex Police. For further information and to apply, please visit our dedicated page.

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.