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Watch the first Essex Police Challenge

The Essex Police Challenge is a key part of how Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, holds the Chief Constable of Essex and his senior team to account on behalf of the people of our county.

The Essex Police Challenge is a new initiative, designed to allow scrutiny of the Chief Constable to take place in public, in an open and transparent fashion informed by the facts.  The plan is to hold four meetings a year.  If you want to watch the recording of the first Essex Police Challenge, which was held on Monday August 5, 2013, please click on the video below.

Subjects discussed at the first event included crime trends and police performance, improving road safety and increasing efficiency in policing.  Several questions submitted by members of the public were also asked by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The briefing documents and slides referred to by Chief Constable Kavanagh during the meeting can be seen here:



10:00am – Introduction by Nick Alston, PCC
– Mr Lindsay Whitehouse, Deputy PCC, in attendance
10:05am – Review of Essex Police Performance
– Slideshow presentation by Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex Police
– Mr Wilson Kennedy, Head of Strategic Change Management, Essex Police, in attendance
– Questions from Mr Alston
10:45am – Improving road safety
– Presentation from Mr Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, Essex Police
– Questions from Mr Alston
11:00am – Improving efficiency in policing: SAP, Athena, Mobile Data Terminals
– Introduction from Chief Constable Kavanagh
– Mr Andy Barker, Director of Information Technology for Essex and Kent Police, in attendance
– Mr Kavanagh to introduce the MDT film
– Questions from Mr Alston
11:15am – Questions submitted by the public asked by Mr Alston
– Assistant Chief Constable Julia Wortley of Essex Police in attendance
11:30am – End of the Essex Police Challenge

The next Essex Police Challenge is planned for November 2013.  If you have a question for the Chief Constable, please email it to Nick Alston at:

[email protected]

Alternately, please submit your question in writing to:

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way

The PCC will aim to ask the Chief Constable as many of the most pertinent questions as possible at the next meeting in November.


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