Police and Crime Plan 2021-2024
People who live, work and travel in Essex have the chance to help to make the county safer as Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, develops the Police and Crime Plan for the next three years.
Following his recent re-election, Roger is busy working on the plan – a strategic document that sets out the PFCC’s vision and priorities for policing and crime reduction in Essex. The plan is the basis on which the PFCC holds the Chief Constable to account in terms of performance, provide funding for services such as Victim Support or Community Safety Partnerships and works with community organisations. Once agreed, the Chief Constable will use its vision and priorities to inform the force plan for Essex Police and wider objectives will be pursued through commissioning and partnership work.
Importantly, the Police and Crime Plan will focus on bringing to life the Commissioner’s Manifesto which was endorsed through the recent election and delivering what people want from policing and community safety in Essex. We know that by working together we can make huge improvements in our communities so collating views and feedback from representatives of all groups and backgrounds who live, work and travel in Essex is vital.
The PFCC’s previous Police and Crime Plans really have made a difference in Essex. A commitment to local, visible, accessible policing has led to an extra 500 police officers in Essex with 300 more to come, investment in policing teams for the town centres, rural and business communities, and an increase to the Special Constabulary are just some examples.
The Plan has also informed funding decisions helping the PFCC to fund organisations, including many faith-based organisations, that deliver important projects focused on community safety, reducing violence and support our young people.
Roger said: “We all have a part to play in keeping our communities safe and as we develop the plan we will be asking for input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with Essex Police to keep our county safe. This includes the public, Essex Police, senior leaders, partner organisations, charities, volunteers, stakeholders, elected representatives and members of the Police, Fire and Crime Panel. We want to hear from you so if you want to be involved, please do get in touch.”
Over the coming weeks, a series of virtual workshops have been arranged where representatives from organisations and groups who work to keep our communities safe can get involved and have their say. If you represent an organisation that would like to participate please contact us at [email protected]
Once the priorities in the plan have been more fully formed, people will be able give their views via an online survey, with the plan due for publication and launch later this year.