HMIC Reports 2020
This page provides links to HMICFRS reports either specifically following an inspection of Essex Police or with regard to national policing but with direct relevance to Essex.
Please note that the PFCC response to the HMICFRS reports should be published within 30 days of the report being issued.
Letters from the PFCC to the Home Secretary in response to HMIC inspection reports are available below.
Both sides of the coin: An inspection of how the police and National Crime Agency consider vulnerable people who are both victims and offenders in ‘county lines’ drug offending
Response by Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner:
Dear Home Secretary,
I write in response to the HMICFRS report ‘Both sides of the coin: An inspection of how the police and National Crime Agency consider vulnerable people who are both victims and offenders in ‘county lines’ drug offending.’
We recognise the findings from this HMICFRS inspection on how county lines drugs trafficking is dealt with at local, regional and national levels. As part of the findings it has been identified that there needs to be a more coherent and integrated system of national tasking, intelligence sharing and response.
In Essex, County Lines are disruptive and destructive of our community and Essex Police are working hard with our immediate partners to address this pressing cross-border issue. Our Police and Crime Plan priorities which include tackling gangs and organised crime, reversing the trend in serious violence and protecting children and vulnerable people from harm have been drivers of this activity to date.
Our Chief Constable has provided me with an update of some examples of great local work and initiatives that are addressing the harm of County Lines in Essex, which I have outlined below:
• The increase of our dedicated ‘Op Raptor’ resources in each Local Policing Area (LPA), supported by Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate (SCD) to tackle county lines where they impact locally and taking out the most harmful county lines at source.
• We work extensively with the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), the Metropolitan Police and the National County Lines Co-ordinating Centre to share intelligence and conduct joint operations under Op Orochi to tackle the issue back in London.
• Some of the excellent work by officers locally includes officers arresting 22 people and seizing over 3kg of Class A drugs in co-ordinated warrants in Harlow, Braintree, Colchester, Brentwood and Basildon.
• Gang injunctions have been successfully applied for in relation to members of the C17 gang in Thurrock and GM gang in Chelmsford, and in November 2019 the successful prosecution of Taliq Mwalim (C17) for breaching conditions of an injunction in Maidstone, Kent.
• There have been numerous arrests and local lines impacted on a weekly basis by our teams and going forward, we are looking to target one county line per LPA from source to local market over the next three months under Op Produce.
• Through the PFCC and supported by Home Office funding, the Violence and Vulnerability Unit staffed by Essex Police, PFCC, Probation and Essex County Council professionals are working together successfully to improve partnership response to delivery of intervention and safeguarding initiatives aimed at individuals drawn into and impacted by gang, county line and violent crime.
We will take the points from this report to inform our work in Essex, working with other forces to tackle the issue and get results.
We know there is room to improve, and the report has outlined some key areas for focus that we are working towards. I would like to praise both the Chief Constable and Essex Police for the positive work and prioritisation already undertaken in order to address this issue.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
c.c. Ben-Julian Harrington, Chief Constable, Essex Police.