Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action
This week we were proud to support the Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action which recognises and celebrates neighbourhood policing officers, PCSOs and volunteers for the important work they do in keeping our communities safe.
In 2016, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, made a commitment to invest in more local, visible, and accessible policing. Since then, we have recruited over 700 extra officers, including officers to bolster Community Policing Teams (CPTs) as well as introducing Town Centre Teams (TCTs) to help deal with the issues happening on your doorstep.
Roger Hirst said: “Good local policing is at the heart of safe, prosperous communities. It allows officers to work even more closely with residents and businesses to help prevent crime, protect the vulnerable and support victims.
“The investment in neighbourhood policing is paying off. We have seen a decline in anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft. But I believe there is more neighbourhood policing can do which is why I have committed to recruiting even more officers to boost town centre and community policing teams. I want to thank all our neighbourhood policing teams for their tireless dedication and hard work in helping to make our communities a safe place to live, work and thrive.”
This week we were pleased to share stories from neighbourhood officers including PC Stella Kirkpatrick from Brentwood TCT whose favourite part of the job is problem solving to combat persistent issues in the High Street, PC Dane Wyatt from Basildon CPT who enjoys resolving community issues and engaging with the public and Inspector Hogben who leads a team of community officers that tackle issues all across the Southend district.
You can find out more about the policing teams in your area here.