Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner set to invest in Harwich and Dovercourt
Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is developing plans to invest in a new police base in the Harwich and Dovercourt area. The new facilities will mark a significant investment in the area and will help the police deliver the best possible service to the communities they serve, supporting safe and secure communities where everybody can prosper.
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, said “The current police estate in Harwich is no longer best suited to the way officers work today and will do in the future. The costs of maintaining the building is significant but more importantly it also restricts and limits the way the police can work and how they can collaborate with partners.
“As a key policing base within an operationally important part of the country we want to improve the facilities available for policing and in the New Year will be starting to look at how we can invest in the area.”
Essex Police is committed to keeping communities safe, protecting people from harm and working with our partners to prevent and detect crime. To achieve this, it is important that they consider the changing needs of the communities they serve, the changing nature of crime both locally, nationally and internationally and take advantage of modern technology and working practices.
Policing has changed significantly in recent years with developments in technology increasing what officers can do remotely and closer collaboration presenting new ways of working together for our communities. We work more closely with other emergency services, such as Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, and wider partners such as councils and the business and voluntary sectors than we ever have before. This partnership is vital in helping to prevent crime, reduce anti-social behaviour and help our communities to be safe, secure and prosperous.
Mr Hirst, said, “At the moment we are considering our options however, developing a new police base, more suited to modern policing is possible and one of the options we will be considering is the opportunity to develop the Dovercourt Fire Station site to accommodate a new, additional base for Essex Police. This would support closer collaboration between the services, allow us to invest in a long-term opportunity and help to improve the service provided to the community. This would not have an impact on the Fire Station or the services and response that the Fire and Rescue Service delivers, nor would it diminish the service which Essex Police provides to communities in north Essex.”