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Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Conference – Community Safety Expo 2024

29th February 9.30 – 3pm

Boreham House, Main Road, Boreham, Essex


09:00am Registration opens

09:30am Conference Open/Welcome   – Jane Gardner, Deputy Police Fire and Crime Commissioner and Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

09:40am BJ Harrington QPM, Chief Constable Essex Police

10:00am Rick Hylton Chief Fire Officer Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

10.20am Driving down ASB in our communities – Andy Prophet, Deputy Chief Constable, Essex Police & Spencer Clarke, Public Protection Manager, Chelmsford City Council

10:40 am – Expo Experience (including break with tea and coffee) – delegates to visit exhibition space and take part in interactive demonstrations, presentations and theatre production as well as catch up in the networking café

12:30pm – Lunch

1.25pm – Message from Chris Phips, Policing Minister

1:30pm – Reducing drug driven violence

  • Premiere of Fearless – Quinton Green
  • The journey so far – Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit
  • Anna Firth MP

2:10pm – Lightning Talks

  • Specials Constables – Les Hawkins Essex Police
  • Essex Restorative and Mediation Service – Abby Hare
  • Trans Talk – Claire Prosho
  • Op Harrier – Insp Terry Jacobs, Essex Rural Engagement Team
  • Independent Custody Visiting Scheme – Rich Wicks
  • Police Cadets – JoJo Mitchell, Cadet Leader & Neil Dibell, Force Cadet Manager
  • Safe System – Will Cubbin, Safer Essex Roads Partnership Manager

2:30pm – Safe, Secure Communities – Roger Hirst, Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner

2:50pm – Wrap-up – Jane Gardner

3:00pm – Conference Close

PFCC Community Safety Expo 2024 Agenda – 1



Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex 

Roger Hirst was first elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex in May 2016 and again in May 2021.  He became the first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in the country in October 2017 and continues to work nationally and locally to build stronger links between emergency services and help create more secure communities.

A long-standing member of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s Board and Finance Lead for Police and Crime Commissioner’s nationally, Roger has led the successful campaign to secure additional funding for policing, and achieved the ambitious target of recruiting an additional 905 officers by March 2023.

Jane Gardner Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Jane supports the PFCC in the development of policy and strategy regarding policing and fire and rescue. She helps to identify and deliver solutions for the challenges faced by Essex, building ever stronger bonds with local authorities, the voluntary sector and the people of Essex. She works closely with local people and with key local agencies to help develop and deliver strong and safe communities, and ensure everyone feels they can contribute to identifying, developing and delivering local solutions.

Having worked with communities across Essex for many years for the County Council and through seven years’ experience serving as a Special Constable with Essex Police, Jane brings a range of experience to the role.

Jane helps the PFCC maintain an effective and efficient police service and deliver an effective and efficient fire and rescue service. She has helped deliver the ambitious programme of police transformation and supported the closer collaboration with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

BJ Harrington QPM, Chief Constable, Essex Police

Brought up in North London, BJ joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1990 as a police constable in the then Chingford and Walthamstow areas of North East London.

BJ moved then to the first of a number of postings to the Territorial Support Group (TSG), working at Caledonian Road and then North Finchley bases. In this role he developed his interest in public order and event policing, as well as gaining policing experience across London in both uniform and plain clothes.

Following his stint with the TSG, BJ was promoted to chief inspector, taking up the operations role at Paddington Green within the City of Westminster. In 2006 BJ was promoted to superintendent and moved to Lewisham in South East London in the operations role.

Whilst at Lewisham, BJ took over leading the Criminal Investigation Department alongside his operations function. This provided him with valuable insight into more complex crime investigations and the opportunity to integrate these often separate areas of work. It was also during this period that he graduated as part of the Cabinet Office Leaders UK senior public service leadership programme.

In the summer of 2012, BJ worked as one of the Silver commanders for the London Olympics and, from there, was seconded to the MPS One Met Model change team. In this role, working to the Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Specialist Crime and Operations, he led the development and change of Pan London Policing operations and Specialist Crime.

Throughout his senior career, BJ has led some high-profile and sensitive operations, including Gold Commander for State visits, large-scale public disorder and ceremonial events serving as a Public Order Gold, Strategic Firearms and Counter Terrorism Commander. He remains the National Lead for Public Order Policing.

BJ is married to a serving officer and has two daughters.


Rick Hylton Chief Fire Officer Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Rick joined Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in 2019 as Deputy Chief Fire Officer. He had responsibilities for strategic planning, assurance and performance and was the strategic lead for collaboration, working with partners to deliver on the Police Fire and Crime Commissioners local business case. In January 2022, Rick became Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive for the Service.

Rick is also the co-chair of the Essex Resilience Forum and co-led the Strategic Communication Group throughout the pandemic.

Rick started his fire service career with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1997. He was appointed Head of Community Safety in 2010, where he delivered a progressive approach to targeted home safety. Focusing on data sharing arrangements with partners to identify, triage and deliver to the most vulnerable. Rick established the first joint education and enforcement team with Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire Police, in addition to implementing the Service’s first volunteer scheme.

During this time Rick led a review of the protection function implementing the business safety competence framework including the up-skilling of operational crews and delivering the county’s business safety hub. A joint initiative between district and county council that built upon primary authority schemes to provide businesses with a simpler process to access advice from a range of regulators. In 2015 Rick led the service to achieve Excellence in equality and inclusion.

In 2016, Rick was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer with responsibilities for service delivery and operational support, where he led the Service Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) implementation including changes to crewing systems and the introduction of portable misting systems for vulnerable people. Rick was the executive officer responsible for leading Cambridgeshire through the first His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) inspection process.

Rick has led the Home Safety Committee since 2015. In addition, he was the National Fire Chief Council gold group lead for prevention through the pandemic response.

Rick has a master’s in public administration from Warwick University. He is married with two children.

Andy Prophet, Deputy Chief Constable, Essex Police

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Prophet started his policing career in 1996 at Thurrock, where he spent six years on the beat as a Police Constable in Corringham and Grays.

Following a promotion to Sergeant, he moved to Southend, where he undertook the roles of shift supervisor, custody officer and then led a proactive team to tackle local drug dealing, burglary, and street crime in the district.

Andy’s policing journey in the south of the county continued and, after a successful five years as a Detective Inspector on CID, he became a District Commander for the first time. After overseeing policing in Rochford, he headed back to Southend to do the same.

He has since served as Local Policing Commander for the south of the county, and for west Essex. During his time in the west of the county, he forged strong links with three bordering Metropolitan Police Service boroughs to tackle criminals travelling from London into Essex and vice versa.

In early 2017 Andy was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing and Public Protection.

In early 2020, he took on responsibility for the Operational Policing Command and Contact Management, leading on everything from the county’s Marine Unit to the Force Control Room. During this time, Andy has been the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for the policing response to anti-social behaviour and street homelessness.

Andy took on the role of Deputy Chief Constable in September 2021.

Outside work, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing cricket (by his own admission, increasingly poorly), cheering on Manchester United, and herding his three mad cats. His most important – and frequent – role is that of ‘Dad taxi’.


Quinton Green

Born in Northamptonshire, Quinton aka Mr Milise is an internationally recognised poet and spoken word artist who approaches writing with sensitivity and humility. He demonstrates a deep understanding of Social Issues that affect various groups and individuals within the wider community. A published writer & columnist (Unicef, Celebrate MK, BBC) Milise uses his platform to position himself as a voice for the voiceless.

Since writing what he calls his flagship piece “Knife Sentence” Mr Milise (Real Name Quinton Green) has partnered with Prison Reform Services, Charities, Church Groups, Police Forces and County Councils to help Young People and Adults articulate and express their thoughts, feelings, anxieties and frustrations through creative writing. 

Mr Milise – MMAP Workshops


Anna Firth MP for Southend East

Leigh-on-Sea born, Annalissa Firth is a  former barrister who has served as the Member of Parliament for Southend West since the 2022 by-election. A member of the Conservative Party, she was also a councillor on Sevenoaks District Council between 2011 and 2022.

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