I have decided I would like to join the police specifically my local force Essex Police. I would eventually like to move up to become an AFO or SFO.
But one thing that concerns me is my eyesight. It's not the worst, but definitely not the best. I don't always need to wear glasses. I know you can wear glasses in the police, but what about as a firearms officer?
I am fine on fitness, 2 a levels should be no problem, haven't done a driving test yet. I don't have a criminal record or any diseases or disorders, no tattoos.
Does anyone have experience joining Essex Police? How hard is it it and will my eyesight be a problem? Thanks,
I believe the following forces currently require the certificate in the knowledge of policing:
Thames Valley / Gwent / South Wales / Metropolitan / Cheshire / Surrey / Hampshire
There may be others but I don't think Essex is one.
As for eyesight requirements it's something like this:
Standard PC - 6/6 both eyes, 6/12 left or right eye alone
AFO - 6/6 both eyes, 6/6 in one eye alone and 6/12 in the other alone
So only difference is that AFOs need 6/6 in one eye alone and 6/12 in the other, whereas standard PCs can have 6/12 in both eyes alone. I have no experience of Essex but my eye test was very quick during my medical and from what I can remember I had to read letters of a chart/a book passge. Maybe contact an opticians prior to any potential medical assessment if you're concerned?
I wouldn't worry too much about the AFO requirements at this stage; just focus on researching the role, preparing for your day 1/interview and getting in as an actual PC first. Specialism comes much later!
Most forces will require a full driving licence at point of application