Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, visited Colchester this week (Tuesday) to meet with Colchester Borough Council members who were concerned following a number of incidents in the town centre. The main one being a disturbance in the early hours of February 17 which led to police deciding to introduce a 48-hour dispersal order across the town centre.
Mr Hirst said: “The meeting this week was extremely positive and police were able to outline the productive work they are doing with partners in both the public and private sector to tackle some of the anti-social behaviour that can lead to more serious disturbances. Colchester has a busy and vibrant night time economy but it is important that we all work together so that everybody feels safe, enjoys themselves and that businesses thrive.”
Chief Inspector Shaun Kane, Colchester’s District Commander, said: “My officers are out in the town every Friday and Saturday night helping to keep people safe and cracking down on any anti-social behaviour which may be linked to drink or drug taking. My licensing officer is extremely proactive and we have been building on the success of Pub Watch and the BOBB – Behave of Be Banned schemes.
“It was very reassuring to receive feedback during this meeting that many have felt safer in Colchester because of our activity. My officers care passionately about providing the very best policing service in Colchester and will listen and act appropriately ensuring we put people at the heart of everything we do.
“While any isolated, spontaneous incident can naturally raise an increased fear in crime or disorder, what lays beneath the statistics is a growing sense of safety within our communities.
“I am pleased to report a reduction in incidents of violence across Colchester and incidents of anti-social behaviour are also reducing.”
Mr Hirst added: “I appreciate that people do feel concerned but please be reassured that there is a lot of great work going on with partners working together.”
Cllr Paul Smith, Leader of Colchester Borough, said: “This was an extremely useful meeting – one which served to restate just how crucial it is that we continue to work closely with the Police and the wider coalition of community safety partners. This is the best way to ensure we remain on the front foot to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour whenever and wherever it arises in the Borough.”
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