PFCC engages with 1000’s of residents online
Thousands of Essex residents are having their views heard on community safety issues now the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s public meetings have gone online.
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex views engaging with the public as a real priority and undertakes a wide range of activities to hear their views, understand their concerns and ensure that both Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are working well with their communities and delivering for them. Since the introduction of social distancing measures due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the PFCC has held public meetings online to ensure people can still have a voice. These meetings have taken place in all the policing districts in Essex and have covered a range of topics including a bespoke meeting to discuss rural crime.
These online public meetings involve PFCC Roger Hirst, Deputy PFCC Jane Gardner, and a panel of district specialists from Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the local community safety partnership. They are an opportunity for the public to ask questions or express any concerns to these experts, so that they can find out direct information about their community.
The panel gather on a Zoom call which residents can watch live via Facebook on the night and post questions in the comments. Or they can submit questions in advance by emailing them to [email protected]
During 2020, the PFCC hosted fifteen online public meetings to maintain the communication between the public and the services. The online public meetings were held on the PFCC Facebook Page and were watched by more than 31,000 people with more than 1,000 questions asked and replied to.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: “Our online public meetings are a great way to hear directly from local communities about concerns they might have and areas of activity that are in place and working well, especially as many people have questions about the policing of Coronavirus legislation and how our emergency services are working hard to keep them safe during this pandemic.
“The meetings are also a great opportunity for me to brief residents on how we are working together with a range of partners 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, helping those suffering from domestic abuse, protecting vulnerable people and tackling gangs and serious violence. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are carrying out excellent prevention work across the area which is really useful for residents to find out more about.”
He added: “Meeting people face to face is still important to us as we recognise that not everyone is able to get online, so when it is safe to do so and social distancing measures allow we will review what we are doing and look at ways to meet everyone’s needs.”
So far in 2021, a further four meetings have taken place with two more scheduled as follows: Epping Forest 10th March 2021, Tendring 17th March 2021.
Go to https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/events/ for the full schedule of upcoming meetings.