Meeting the Waltham Abbey Neighbourhood Action Panel
The Police and Crime Commissioner was delighted to attend the Waltham Abbey Neighbourhood Action Panel meeting on the evening of Thursday March 27.
There was a good turnout to the event chaired by Mr Bill Davies, and a range of local issues were discussed.
Nick Alston outlined the key tenets of the first ever Police and Crime Plan for Essex, and the need for local solutions to local problems.
Bill Davies said: “Given the ever-increasing speed and changes in the police service during the last few years, some residents feel concerned about the lack of police presence within our town. The reassurances given by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston and the recently-appointed Neighbourhood Inspector, Marc Jordan were welcomed by those present.
“The need for the public to work in partnership with the police was stressed as of paramount importance to ensure a safer environment for the residents of Waltham Abbey. Marc Jordan announced, at the meeting, that he will be increasing the number of police officers and PCSOs working within the Waltham Abbey area who will continue, for the time being, to be based at the police station. Nick Alston is intending to demonstrate his commitment to sharing information through regular road shows throughout the county. Waltham Abbey’s Road Show is to be held on May 23, 2013. Further details will be issued later.”
Neighbourhood Inspector Marc Jordan outlined current crime trends in the Waltham Abbey area, and both Nick and Marc answered a series of questions.
Insp Marc Jordan said: “Upon my arrival in the Epping Forest district, I wanted to ensure that we were using the available police resources in the best and most efficient fashion. Waltham Abbey is an area which generates over ten percent of the district’s crime. So, once I received assurances that the police station was not to be sold in the near future, it seemed a logical and sensible step to put police back into Waltham Abbey police station.
“As soon as the practicalities are sorted out, a Neighbourhood Policing Team of one Sergeant, four Police Constables and five PCSOs will work from Waltham Abbey police station providing community-based neighbourhood policing to the area. Officers will also cover the Buckhurst Hill, Loughton and Chigwell beats from Waltham Abbey, whilst the new 24/7 teams at Loughton police station will increase patrols in Waltham Abbey and surrounding areas.”
Nick Alston added: “I’m a huge supporter of all forms of community engagement, from Neighbourhood Action Panels to the various Watch groups. Local people know what’s going on in their area, and often can work closely with their neighbourhood policing team to identify and progress solutions to crime or nuisance issues.”
If you want to join the Waltham Abbey Neighbourhood Action Panel, please contact:
Bill Davies, Chair – 01992 700997 or [email protected]
To learn more about the Waltham Abbey Neighbourhood Policing Team, please see here:
The Police and Crime Plan for Essex can be read here.
Photo L to R: Nick Alston (PCC), Marc Jordan (Neighbourhood Insp), Bill Davies (WANAP Chair), Maggie Wells (Vice Chair), Alan Bate (Minute Taker), Dorothy Perkins (Treasurer).