PFCC Rochford Public Meeting
Residents and businesses in Rochford are being invited to find out more about crime and community safety in the district at a public meeting chaired by the Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Jane Gardner.
At the meeting people can put questions and concerns to Jane and a panel of senior representatives from Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Rochford District Council.
The meeting is taking place on Wednesday 23rd November at Rayleigh Weir Fire Station, 500 Rayleigh Road Benfleet, SS7 3TR, from 7pm to 8pm. Jane will be joined on the panel by Chief Inspector David Miles, Essex Police, South-East Group Manager, Justin Benson-Ryal, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and a representative from Rochford District Council.
Jane said: “Being able to hear directly from local communities about any concerns they have or issues they are experiencing helps us understand what more we can do to make people feel safer.”
“Our public meetings are also a great way to brief residents on how we are working together with a range of partners to deliver the priorities laid out in the Police and Crime Plan and the Fire and Rescue Plan.
“Funding for more police officers, helping those suffering from domestic abuse, protecting vulnerable people and tackling gangs and serious violence are a few examples of how we are making this happen. Attendees can also hear from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on the excellent prevention work they are doing in Rochford to reduce the risk of harm.”
At the meeting attendees can hear about crime tackling initiatives in Rochford such as ongoing work by police and partners to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB). Using high visibility patrols and other initiatives, ASB in Rochford has decreased by 56.4 per cent.
Essex Police’s Community Policing Team has been focussed on tackling knife crime related violence in the area. Through knife crime sweep searches in public places, engagement with young people and patrolling hot spot areas, officers have recovered weapons and are continuing to deliver strong messages within schools.
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].
Do you want to see more investment in police and fire and rescue services? Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst is seeking your views before setting the 2023/24 policing and fire and rescue services budget for the county.
Fill in the survey here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PFCCprecept2023-24/ to have your say.