PFCC public meeting in Epping Forest
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), Roger Hirst, will be holding an in-person public meeting, in Epping Forest on Thursday 12th May 2022 at 7pm to 8.30pm.
Residents of Epping Forest are invited to come along and put their questions and concerns to the expert panel which includes, Roger Hirst, Epping District Commander Ch/Insp Paul Ballard, Cllr Holly Whitbread, Housing Services Portfolio Holder and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service South West Area Manager Mark Eaglestone.
The meeting is being held at Epping Council Chamber, Civic Offices, 323 High St, Epping CM16 4BZ.
Roger said: “Our public meetings are a great way to hear directly from local communities about any concerns they might have, areas of activity that are in place and working well, and what we can do better. Throughout the pandemic we have been continuing to hold public meetings online but I’m really excited about being able to get back out and into the communities of Essex in person to hear from people first-hand.”
At the meeting, attendees can find out more about local initiatives and operations that are being carried out in the district, such as the recent work undertaken in partnership with Epping Community Safety Partnership to tackle ASB in Blenheim Square, North Weald.
Following numerous reports about youths congregating and acting anti-socially in the area, Police and the Epping Community Safety Partnership put a plan together which included regular patrols and the installation of cameras to identify the perpetrators. Consequently, they were able to issue a number of Community Protection Warnings and bail conditions and six months on the anti-social behaviour has ceased.
Operation Spitfire was set up to target the district’s roads. By using ANPR, vehicles known to be used in crime were identified and stopped by officers. The results included five people arrested for knife point robbery, six stolen vehicles being recovered and six people investigated for drug possession.
The Community Policing Teams and Town Centre Teams are also being bolstered by a contingent of 15 Special Constables. Between April 2021 and March 2022, they volunteered over 2,920 hours, made 15 arrests and assisted in 39 others.
There has also been good news around the reduction in some offences in Colchester including ASB -51.2%, Robbery -11.1%, Residential Burglary -24% – (figures are rolling 12 months to February 2022). However, overall crime in the district rose by 4.8%.
For a full list of upcoming public meeting throughout Essex please visit https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/events/
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