Date: August 2019
Monday 22 July saw an increase of officers across the county with Town Centre Teams.
Essex Police’s investment will place officers in 23 locations across the county including: Canvey, Rayleigh, Rochford, Southend and Wickford.
As part of the force’s dedication to visible, frontline officers, the 58 constables across the county will tackle the most prominent issues in local communities, making for a safer county and stronger relationships with the public.
Officers in Town Centre Teams will focus on community concerns, including drug dealing and antisocial behaviour. Under the guidance of their sergeants, they will work closely with local businesses and support groups to get to the root of ongoing issues and tensions and investigate appropriately.
They will proactively seek opportunities for partnership working to highlight the crucial work taking place in local spaces, giving voices to communities across Essex.
Speaking about the creation of the Town Centre Teams, Chief Constable BJ Harrington, said: “My priorities for the force are clear: we will be visible to deter crime in the community, we will provide better and consistent support to victims and to the vulnerable and we will act against anyone who is intent on inflicting violence in our county.
“With the introduction of the Town Centre Teams, we can be at the centre of these conversations. The public know their local area the best, and so do local officers who can put their boots on the ground and their faces in the village hall. If people have got an issue, or suspect criminal acts are taking place in their community, I need them to feel comfortable reporting it to us. If we work together we can keep the tide turning and put a stop to antisocial behaviour, drug dealing, and other insidious crimes that cause irreparable harm to families, friends and whole communities."
“With a record number of officers passing out in a single ceremony last month, our force is continuing to grow. I am so proud that we’re able to have response-trained officers to answer your 999 calls and, on top of that, provide additional officers to your community.”