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Police officer recruitmentEssex Police officers work in a variety of different roles and are all dedicated to protecting and serving the residents of Essex.

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Below are descriptions of the many roles police officers can specialise in and progress into during their career with Essex Police.

  • Local Policing Teams
    Local policing team

    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.

    To read more about the role, visit our officer profiles:


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

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    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. 

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

    To read more about the roles, visit our officer profiles:

    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

    To read more about the role, visit our officer profiles:

    Essex Countywide Traveller Unit

    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

    To read more about the role, visit our officer profiles:

    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

    To read more about the role, visit our officer profiles:

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