Town Centre Teams, a year on patrol
In the last year Essex Police’s Town Centre Teams have made more than 1,000 arrests and led more than 2,000 investigations – bolstering the Force’s ability to catch criminals and keep you safe.
The teams have worked hard to make your towns safer by catching drug dealers, shoplifters, those carrying weapons, as well as dealing with anti-social behaviour.
Recent successes include the execution of a warrant at a ‘chop shop’ in which several stolen vehicles were recovered. This investigation is still ongoing and was the result of intelligence gathered by our Town Centre Team in Loughton.
By working with you, our local communities, these teams have increased the information and intelligence Essex Police receives which helps them to catch more criminals and prevent and detect crime.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, says: “We provide the funding to enable Essex Police to boost officer numbers making the force the strongest it’s been in many years.
“After listening to the public and local businesses and traders it’s clear that people want more officers in their town centres and the launch of these teams last year, alongside other expansions to the rural, business crime, schools and roads policing teams are a big success. People are very pleased to have them there and are reassured to have them around.
“Local, visible and accessible policing and preventing crime from happening in the first place are key priorities in our Police and Crime Plan. I would like to personally thank everyone who makes this possible and every single officer, member of police staff, volunteers and our local partner agencies who work together every day in these teams – making such a difference to keeping Essex safe and secure.”