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Licensing Officer - Essex Police Closing Date: 12/10/2021

Location of Role: Clacton 

Advert Closing Date: 12/10/2021 

Salary Range: £23,817.00 to £26,016.00 (pro-rata for part-time vacancies)

Part/Full Time: Full Time 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Working Pattern: Mon-Fri 

Weekend/Evening Working: No 



The role:

You will be one of several licensing officers across the County for receiving and assessing licensing applications, completing checks against Essex Police systems, arranging visits where necessary and making robust recommendations, submitting objections etc. to the relevant authority where appropriate.  You will gather and record evidence and intelligence to build on-going case files which may be utilised to support consideration of a standard or summary review of a licensed premises; ensuring action plans and communications are recorded to corporate standards; preparing full case files and presenting cases at licensing hearings and support legal representatives at appeal tribunals, magistrates courts etc.

Whilst office based with predominantly office hours the post holder will be required to work some evenings and weekends as necessary, sometimes at short notice, and travel the county.  For that reason, a full UK car driving licence and access to a vehicle is required.

Though based at Clacton, the applicant will be required to cover other areas of the county where this is appropriate to cover absent colleagues or for training purposes.

What we are looking for:

At shortlisting we will be looking for essential evidence of:

  • The ability to work alone with little supervision and be confident in your ability to deal with conflict.
  • A logical and enquiring approach to your work, demonstrating an analytical mind.
  • Evidence and experience of gathering and recording evidence.
  • Strong written communication skills (including the preparation of reports) and presentation skills.
  • The ability to successfully negotiate outcomes.

In addition it would be helpful if you could evidence:

  • Knowledge of the Licensing Act 2003Previous experience of quickly assimilating knowledge of legislation/procedure in a new role.
  • Knowledge and use of Essex Police computer systems such as STORM, ATHENA, PNC etc
  • Previous employment in a licensing or enforcement role.

Our Location

The post holder will be nominally based at Clacton Police Station but will occasionally work from other police or shared community premises.

These are modern office environments with good road networks and public transport links.  Parking for a vehicle used for work purposes may be available but cannot be guaranteed.

What we offer in return:

23 days’ annual leave per year increasing to 28 days after 5 years employment.

Enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Membership of our Sports and Social Association.

For further information about the role please contact Gordon Ashford or Ronan McManus, Force Licensing Manager on 01245 452035 / 07815000889 or via e-mail

It is intended that shortlisting will be conducted in 2 weeks following the advert closing date and interviews 4 weeks from that date.

For the full job description please click here. 

Your application is shortlisted on the content provided within the 'reason for application' section, which is limited to 9000 characters. Within your answer please refer to the criteria stated in this job advert and include any experience, skills and abilities you feel you have that will make you suitable for the role. Please ensure you provide as much detail as possible as insufficient information may mean that you do not meet the shortlisting criteria. 

All of our posts require a level of vetting and security clearance.  During the recruitment process you will be sent on-line vetting information forms to complete. 

If you require any assistance or further information regarding this opportunity please contact the Business Centre on 01245 452833 or alternatively email

Kent Police and 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.

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

This post is open to British citizens, nationals of the EEA or commonwealth citizens who have no time limit on their stay in the UK, and who have lived in the UK continuously for the past three years. Essex Police and Kent Police are an equal opportunities employer. Communications may be recorded for monitoring purposes.