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Basildon District

Welcome to the Basildon District. The District Commander for Basildon is Chief Inspector Josie Hayes and you can read an update from her below. You can read about what is happening in your neighbourhood by selecting the relevant area from the 'Neighbourhoods in Basildon' map on the left. Essex Police has introduced Local Community Meetings and Street Meets across the county. Your neighbourhood events pages have been updated with the dates of your next meeting. Please come along and help us make Essex a safer place to live and work. 


Neighbourhoods in Basildon

Local community meetings

Billericay West Billericay East Crouch Wickford North Wickford Castledon Wickford Park Pitsea South East Pitsea North West Fryerns Vange St Martins Nethermayne Lee Chapel North Langdon Hills Laindon Park Burstead Basildon district map

Basildon district 

District Commander update

PDF icon smallSummary of proposed changes for Basildon

Chief Inspector Josie Hayes
Chief Insp Josie Hayes

“Essex Police, like forces up and down the country, is facing unprecedented financial challenges. In short we can no longer do business in the same way, with less money we have less officers.

“The proposal to remove 28 PCSO jobs from the Basildon Community Policing Team, which are currently under consultation with affected staff, is not a proposal that has been considered lightly by our Chief Constable. The contribution of PCSOs in this district is appreciated not only by their colleagues but the wider community.

“However, with limited resources, Essex Police must place its officers where they are needed most – and that is where the most harm is being caused in our communities. That will be the focus of our newly remodelled Community Policing Teams. Their focus will be to protect people from harm, prevent and reduce crime, arrest criminals and engage with the public. The team will work closely with partners to proactively tackle crimes and problems in their local area.

“I understand many residents in this district will be saddened to hear about the proposed loss of front counters of Billericay and Pitsea police stations and the individuals who staff them, which is all currently under consultation with affected individuals. It is also proposed that these stations, along with Wickford, may be sold.

“People are, understandably, attached to their police stations and view them as an integral part of their community.

“However it is the policing teams based within those stations who are really the heart of the community. They investigate your crimes, respond to your emergencies and provide solutions to longer-term crime-related problems. Officers, PCSOs and police staff will still be available to you as part of the new Community Policing Teams they will be more focused, working smartly to keep your community safe.

“Those new teams will not work in isolation, they will be supported by detectives in CID, the Domestic Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse investigation teams as well as specialist colleagues across the rest of the county for example the Serious Crime Directorate.

“Just because a town may no longer have a traditional police station, as we have come to know it, and may also have fewer PCSOs does not mean that your area will not be policed. You will still have dedicated officers on hand ready to respond to emergencies and investigate crimes. When an emergency 999 call is made to Essex Police, the nearest available officer will be despatched to respond – an officer who is likely to be already out and about in the district.

“Basildon police station will continue to operate, witha front counter that is proposed to open to the public seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Essex Police is also developing new ways for the public to contact us, including improving our online services, which we hope will be ready by 2016.

“I can reassure residents of the whole borough, that, in the face of Essex Police having to make very difficult decisions about staff and police stations, your officers will continue to be visible in the community, serving victims, catching criminals and providing emergency support.”

Basildon Community Safety PartnershipFind out more about the Basildon District Community Safety Partnership and their strategy (PDF 580kb).

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