More officers, greater visibility and good value for money – Essex Police and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Annual Report 2018-2019
The 2018-2019 Annual Report for Essex Police and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner show a Force that is delivering increased local, visible policing across the county while continuing to deliver value for money for the people of Essex.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner said “Our residents said they wanted more officers visible in their communities, they wanted to see Anti-Social Behaviour and Burglary reduced and they wanted action taken on gangs and serious violence. And that is what we are doing. This report shows that Essex Police is now a growing force with 368 extra officers due to join Essex Police by April 2020 and at least another 135 by April 2021. In total an increase of over 500 officers.”
The report also shows that during 2018-2019, Anti-Social Behaviour reduced by 5.9% and Burglary by 6.2%. However, Essex has been affected by the national increase in overall reported crime including an increase in violent crime. Violence with injury has increased by 7.5% during 2018-2019. While the increase overall reported crime and violent crime in Essex has been lower than in other parts of the country it is a trend that we need to focus on and reverse.
Mr Hirst said: “In Essex we are working hard to reverse this trend and have secured additional funding from the government and local partners such as Essex County Council. With this extra investment we have established a specialist Violence and Vulnerability unit and are funding a range of programmes to reach young and vulnerable people at risk of being exploited.”
Key developments include
- 368 extra officers are being recruited by April 2020 and an additional 135 by April 2021.
- Essex Police Special Constabulary has grown by 90 officers making it the second largest and fastest growing in the country.
- The Special Constabulary delivered 172,556 hours of voluntary service, a 34% increase on the previous year.
- Investments in technology mean officers have 28 minutes more per shift out on patrol.
- 539 people from 54 accredited organisations have received delegated police powers including traffic wardens and council enforcement officers.
- 297 young people were involved in Police Cadets by April 2019 with the number continuing to grow throughout this year.
- The Restorative Justice Team have heard 447 cases with an overall satisfaction rating of 97%.
A full version of the Annual Report can be viewed here.