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Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Roger Hirst

“For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and prosperity. Good policing means our residents feel secure and safe in their homes and on Essex streets.”


Roger Hirst was a Cabinet Member for Essex County Council, and Deputy Leader of Brentwood Borough Council. He has over thirty years experience as a leading financial analyst in the City, having run the European investment research divisions of a major UK European and US international banks.

Roger brings significant experience to the role including being a lead member for Essex County’s Council’s Safer Communities Strategy and an effective political campaigner with the skills to help the police communicate better with communities and local government leaders.

Significant business experience playing a critical role in running and shaping a major client-facing organisation.

Roger said: “This knowledge will, I believe, enable me to help the Police prioritise and manage the demands on their resources, and lead to more effective and efficient policing in Essex.

Roger Hirst’s salary is £85,000 pa

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Oath of Office

I, Roger Hirst of Brentwood, Essex do solemnly and sincerely promise that I will serve all the people of the boroughs of Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Essex County Council in the office of police, fire and crime commissioner without fear or favour.

I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police and fire and rescue service do all they can to protect the public and keep them safe.

I will give a voice to the public, especially victims and work with other services to ensure community safety and aid effective criminal justice.

I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.

I will not seek to influence or prevent any lawful and reasonable intervention, rescue, investigation or arrest, nor encourage any action save that which is lawful and justified within the bounds of this office.

Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Jane Gardner

“As a lifelong resident of Essex, I feel hugely proud and very privileged to serve as the Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.”


Jane supports the PFCC in the development of policy and strategy regarding policing and fire and rescue. She helps to identify and deliver solutions for the challenges faced by Essex, building ever stronger bonds with local authorities, the voluntary sector and the people of Essex. She works closely with local people and with key local agencies to help develop and deliver strong and safe communities, and ensure everyone feels they can contribute to identifying, developing and delivering local solutions.

Having worked with communities across Essex for many years for the County Council and through seven years’ experience serving as a Special Constable with Essex Police, Jane brings a range of experience to the role.

Jane helps the PFCC maintain an effective and efficient police service and deliver an effective and efficient fire and rescue service. She has helped deliver the ambitious programme of police transformation and supported the closer collaboration with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Salary £60,000 pa

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PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

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