Date: February 2020
Officers from Southend’s Town Centre Team have dedicated more than 6,000 hours to patrols and activity to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour over the last six months.
The team was expanded in July 2019 and have been working hard alongside their other Essex Police colleagues in Southend to keep the town a safe and welcoming place for residents, businesses and visitors.
As well as dealing with prolific shoplifters and individuals who regularly commit anti-social behaviour, they also work closely with partner agencies to support vulnerable people who are sleeping rough on the streets or are at risk of exploitation by drugs gangs.
The Town Centre Team also works alongside specialist officers and staff from across the force to deter and deal with individuals who are involved in violent crime.
This day to day work under 'Operation Sceptre' includes gathering information to target offenders, extra patrols and using knife arches to detect weapons they might be hiding.
The Town Centre Team’s work in December was a very busy time for the town centre in the run up to Christmas.
• 1,134 hours of patrols in the town centre.
• Attended 72 incidents.
• Issued two Community Protection Warnings for anti-social behaviour.
• Seized alcohol 15 times from individuals who were found breaching the public spaces protection order in place in the town centre.
• Two knife arch operations to check for any hidden weapons – fortunately none were found.
• High visibility patrols supported by Special Constables and partners including the British Transport Police.
• Worked with Southend Borough Council and licensed premises including pubs, clubs and off-licences to ensure they were complying with the terms of their licenses.
Temporary District Commander Chief Inspector Ian Hughes said: “The Town Centre Team is invaluable in combining visible patrols and solving problems in the borough’s highest footfall areas.
"They work closely with partners to address a wide range of issues that affect those that visit and work within our town centre and I am very proud of what they achieve on a daily basis".
Town Centre Teams were launched in 23 urban and rural areas across Essex in July and August 2019 as part of the Essex Police’s ongoing commitment to investing in visible, frontline officers.
They have been working closely with businesses, partners and community groups to resolve issues specifically affecting their areas.
The town teams are just one of a number of ways our force has been growing and we’re continuing to grow in 2020.
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If you see the Southend Town Centre Team when you’re in Southend, please say hello and feel free to tell them about any concerns you have.
You can also find out more about what they’re doing on Facebook. Search for Essex Police – Southend, where you can also find details of Coffee with Cops events and local community meetings.