#MakeADifference and have your say on policing priorities in Essex
Three and a half years ago, Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex asked the public what they wanted from Essex Police.
Working with police officers, staff and volunteers, as well as partners from across Essex, Roger and his team took what people said and developed the 2016 Police and Crime Plan. The plan set out the Commissioner’s seven policing priorities to protect Essex, which are:
- More local, visible and accessible policing
- Crack down on anti-social behaviour
- Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse
- Reverse the trend in serious violence
- Tackle gangs and organised crime
- Protecting children and vulnerable people
- Improve safety on our roads
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “We have been working hard with partners over the last three and a half years to deliver against the Police and Crime Plan. Working together with you, we have achieved a lot.”
Working with Essex Police, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex has built a more modern, efficient and effective force, that is growing and better connected to communities.
- Delivering the funding to enable Essex Police to be a growing force. It will have 368 more officers by April 2020 than it had in 2016. On top of this, the Government announced a further 135 officers will be coming to Essex meaning the county will have 503 additional police officers by Spring 2021!
- Essex also has the second largest and fastest growing Special Constabulary in the country.
- Working to bring the numbers of incidents relating to anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft down.
- Leading the fight against gangs, county lines and violence with the development of a specialist Violence Reduction Unit.
Roger said: “However, our challenges are continuing to change and we know we need to do more to tackle violence in our communities and see the reduction we have achieved in anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft mirrored in violent crime and drugs.
“We want to prevent crime happening in the first place and we can achieve this by working with you so there is no space for criminals to thrive, as well as ensuring the most vulnerable people in communities remain safe.
“People can see how we #MakeADifference. Now I’d ask them to #MakeADifference and tell us what they want from their police force for the next four years so we can shape our next Police and Crime Plan.”
Fill in the survey here: https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/make-a-difference/
Hard copies of the survey will be available in local libraries or people can call the office on 01245 291600 to request one.