Welcome to the Colchester district web page.
District Commander update
Above: Chief Insp Richard Phillibrown
Working in Colchester for the first time in my career, I am
proud to be the third generation of my family to have served in the
I started policing in Chelmsford in the early nineties and
have served the public in many areas of the county in response and
neighbourhood roles. I've also held a variety of portfolios as
professional lead including roads policing, dogs, marine, air
support, mounted, specialist search and CBRN (chemical, biological,
radiological, and nuclear).
I now join Colchester District, a dedicated team of professional
officers delivering services to local people. I intend to continue,
support and develop existing partnerships working closely with
public and private sector organisations, voluntary groups and the
local people of north Essex.
The overarching aims of policing continue to be founded on the
timeless nine principles accredited to Sir Robert Peel in the 19th
century and I will endeavour to pursue all available means to keep
people safe and prevent crime and disorder.
In order to achieve these aims I will seek innovative ways of
delivering public service and consider all views, opinions and
ideas brought to me, making use of all available assets to create a
safe community for local people.
I firmly believe that working together with every community,
group and section of society we can make a difference to prevent
crime and keep people safe. Colchester District is already a place
people choose to live and has an integrated, diverse and vibrant
Policing needs the help of the people. As Robert Peel stated:
“The police are the people and the people are the police”. I would
urge your support in developing your own Neighbourhood Watch
networks, giving up your time by joining the Special Constabulary
and, most of all, telling the police about anything you think is
suspicious. All of these things will help us keep your