Little Clacton Parish Council now has its own, dedicated Community Special Constable thanks to a joint funding agreement with Essex Police. Under the scheme, the council will fund the expenses of Special Constable Tony Rowntree, with all other costs being met by the Force.
The launch event at the Council Office was attended by representatives from Essex Police including Lead for the Special Constabulary, Superintendent Cat Barrie, and Tendring District Commander, Chief Inspector Paul Wells. They were joined by Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Jane Gardner and members of Little Clacton Parish Council including the Chair, Cllr John Cutting and the Parish Clerk Ginette Loach.
SC Tony Rowntree will volunteer a minimum of 16 hours each month in the parish to target and disrupt anti-social behaviour, respond to community concerns and carry out high visibility foot patrols. Specials have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers. Community Specials are committed to policing the area that pays for them. However in the event of a critical incident, for example a terrorist attack, the Community Special may be called on to help in another area of the county.
Superintendent Cat Barrie, lead for the Special Constabulary said:
“We’re delighted that Little Clacton Parish Council is working in partnership with us to increase the visible presence of police officers in the area. Dedicated Special Constables bring something a little extra that will help deal with some of the really local issues. We’d love to see more people from the parish put themselves forward to join up and support policing here.”
“We know that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build wellbeing and prosperity for all. This initiative is a great example of how by working together with local parish and town councils we can help communities keep safe.
“These fully warranted roles will also provide local people with the opportunity to make a huge contribution to the communities in which they live. It’s really positive that Little Clacton Parish Council has taken up this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing it work in action. The public want more local, visible and accessible policing and this will make a big difference to the people of Little Clacton.”
Another Little Clacton Community Special Constable is currently being recruited and the council is keen to hear from anyone else in the parish who would like to join the team. Click on the following link to find out more:
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