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Police and Crime Plan 2024/28 Consultation

The Police and Crime Plan  

The Police and Crime Plan sets out the policing priorities and aims for keeping Essex safe. It brings together police, partners and the people of Essex to build safe and secure communities, thereby promoting public confidence in the police and ensuring that victims are satisfied with the service and support they receive.

The commitments set out in the plan build on existing partnerships and seek to develop them in new and ambitious ways.

These include greater collaboration between police and fire and closer working with local councils, community safety partnerships, and the voluntary, community and health sectors.

 

Developing the priorities

Following the Commissioner’s re-election in May 2024, we are now developing the Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan which will set the strategic priorities for both services. 

Following the Commissioner’s re-election in May 2024, we are now developing the Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan which will set the strategic priorities for both services. 

You can learn more about the priorities Mr Hirst was elected on in his manifesto Roger Hirst Manifesto 2024.pdf (hirst4essex.uk)

Proposed Police and Crime Plan Priorities 

  •  More, local, visible and accessible policing 
  • Drive down anti-social behaviour and crime 
  • Beat knife crime and drug gangs and protect young people  
  • Tackle violence against women and girls and domestic abuse
  • Ensure vulnerable people are protected 
  • Improve road safety and reduce road death in Essex to zero. 

Through the election the public have already helped set out what they want from their services, but we want your continued help to shape what you want from your services over the next four years.  

You can view the current Police and Crime Plan here: PFCC- police and crime plan 2021-24 pdf

Over the summer we are running partner workshops, public engagements, group activities and a public survey so we can gather your thoughts about whether the priorities are right, if there is something we have missed and what should be included. This valuable feedback helps the priorities develop. You can view the developing versions of the priorities in the documents below.

20240611 Master V1 Police and Crime Plan Priorities

20240611 Master V2 Police and Crime Plan Priorities

20240611 Master V3 Police and Crime Plan Priorities

20240611 Master V4 Police and Crime Plan Priorities

 

Public Survey

All people who live and work in Essex are being asked for their views on priorities for both plans by completing a short four-minute survey.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PPUP50/

If you would like a printed version of the survey please contact us at [email protected]

 

Police and Crime in Essex

In Essex, overall crime is reducing.

 ‘All Crime’ fell by 6.5 per cent in the 12 months to March 2024 compared to the 12 months to January 2023; this equates to 10,690 fewer offences.   

Since 2016 anti-social behaviour has come down 71 per cent and incidents of homicide and burglary are down by over 40 per cent.   

 Growing our police force – in April 2023 Essex Police hit a growth target of 905 extra officers taking total officers to 3,755, a number which has been sustained throughout 2023/24.  

However, because of the significant uplift in officers the force has 40 per cent of officers with less than five years’ experience and a significant number in training. 

Reports of rape and sexual offences decreased by 11.9 percent and 11.3 per cent in the last 12 months. 

 Through successive rounds of localised Safer Streets funding, Essex Police, the PFCC and partners are addressing the root causes of issues that are inflicting the most harm on local communities by using local partnerships approach to ramp up prevention activity in local communities.  

 Following £1.1m of funding from the government to tackle ASB in our communities, ‘Operation Dial’, has had a huge impact with targeted areas seeing a big drop in anti-social behaviour incidents. Essex experienced a 26.8 per cent decrease (5657 fewer) in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) incidents for the 12 months to March 2024 compared to the 12 months to January 2023. 

 In 2019 we were one of the first in the country to roll out a Violence and Vulnerability Partnership which is taking a public health approach and investing in activities proven to divert vulnerable people away from knife crime and drug driven violence.  Drug driven homicide has consistently fallen over the past few years to zero deaths in 2023/24, while violence with injury has decreased by 7.8 per cent in the past 12 months.  

 Partnership engagement has been essential in tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), with collaborative working leading to the development of several projects such as the Essex County Council VAWG Charter, Project Minerva and the Essex County Council VAWG Mapping Programme. 

 Protecting the most vulnerable in society, when they need it, helping to prevent them from becoming repeat victims of crime. Essex experienced a 12.3 per cent decrease (3,427 fewer) in the number of recorded Domestic Abuse (DA) offences for the 12 months to March 2024 compared to the 12 months to March 2023.  There was also a 16.5 per cent decrease (7,436 fewer) in the number of offences with a repeat victim for the 12 months to March 2024 (37,520 offences). 

 Working with our partners in the Safer Essex Road Partnership Essex experienced 4.9 per cent decrease (44 fewer) in the number of those Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) in Essex for the 12 months to March 2024 compared to the 12 months to March 2023.  

  • 39 fatalities compared to 43 in the previous 12 months 
  • 820 serious injuries compared to 860 in the previous 12 months  
  • 2292 Drink driving/drug driving offences  
  • 2031 driving related mobile phone offences  

CONTACT THE PFCC

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

If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police

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