PFCC Colchester Public Online Meeting – Monday 7th February 2022
Residents and businesses in Colchester can find out how the police and fire and rescue services, and the Colchester Community Safety Partnership are keeping them safe at a Facebook live session on Monday 7th February 2022, 7pm to 8pm
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, will be joined on the question time style panel by Ch/Insp Rob Huddleston, Colchester District Commander, D/Supt Rob Kirby Head of Serious Violence, Pam Donnelly, Chair of Safer Colchester Partnership, and Simon Dedman, Area Manager for the North East Fire and Rescue Service.
Roger said: “Our online public meetings are a great way to hear directly from local communities about concerns they might have, areas of activity that are in place and working well, and what we can do better.
“The meetings are also a great opportunity for me discuss with residents how we are working together to achieve the priorities in both our Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan. There are updates on how we are delivering the funding for more police officers, protecting the vulnerable, protecting women and girls and reducing drug driven violence. You can also find out more about the excellent prevention work being done by Essex Fire and Rescue Service.”
Colchester policing team and the Community Safety Partnership will be attending the event and be able to talk about local initiatives and operations. Working together the teams have been conducting a number of proactive operations in the district, including tackling anti-social behaviour in Stane Park where patrols and engagement resulted in 13 Community Protection Warnings, and 14 Section 59 Police Reform Act Warnings being issued. Residents have since reported a reduction in ASB.
There is also an ongoing activity that addresses anti-social behaviour, aggressive begging, and provides support for the homeless. Since its launch, over 30 people have been able to access services to help with housing as well as being signposted to other agencies that provide longer term support and assistance.
Following reports of drink spiking in Colchester’s night-time economy, police and partners established a multi-agency working group to deliver a combined approach so people are able to enjoy a safe night out. This includes safety support, training to staff, drink covers, and put in place systems to minimise risk.
There has also been good news around the reduction in some offences in Colchester including ASB -22%, Robbery -2.7%, Burglary -26% – (figures are rolling 12 months to December 2021). However overall crime in the district rose by 2.7% and violence against the person rose by 5.9%.
The PFCC is continuing to support crime prevention work and community safety in Colchester including awarding recent grants to Colchester based African families in UK £19,500, Colchester United £13,750 and Outhouse East £12,615.
Residents can watch live via Facebook on the night and post questions in the comments. Alternatively they can submit questions in advance by emailing them to [email protected].
Head over to @PFCCEssex on Facebook for more information and visit www.essex.pfcc.police.uk for details of the Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan.
Go to https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/events/ for the full schedule of upcoming meetings.