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Colchester District

Welcome to the Colchester District. The District Commander for Colchester is Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown and you can read an update from him below. You can read about what is happening in your neighbourhood by selecting the relevant area from the 'Neighbourhoods in 'Colchester' 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 Colchester

Local community meetings

Chappel Horkesley Dedham Highwoods Mile End and St Johns Lexden Prettygate Colchester Town St Andrews St Annes Wivenhoe Christchurch Newtown Harbour Berechurch Shrub End Stanway Rowhedge Mersea Abberton Fingringhoe Birch and Layer Tiptree Copford Colchester district map


District Commander update

PDF icon smallSummary of proposed changes for Colchester

Chief Insp Lee Davies
Chief Insp Gary Chapman

“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 will inevitably have fewer officers.

“Proposals to reduce the number of Police Community Support Officers in Essex, which is currently the subject of consultation with affected staff has been a difficult one put forward by our Chief Constable. However, with limited resources continuing to decrease, Essex Police must use the resources available where they are needed most - and that is where the most harm is being caused in our communities. That will now be the focus of our new Community Policing Teams.

“These teams will be locally based, locally accountable and will work closely with partners to tackle the issues causing the greatest harm in our community.

“Residents living in Colchester will no doubt have heard the many announcements being made about the future of police stations up and down the county.

“In Colchester we are fortunate in that our central police station will remain open and it is proposed that it will continue to offer front counter services to residents as well as providing an operational base for officers, detectives and staff.

“Colchester is a large borough with a varied community. We have some of the most rural parts of the county within this borough as well as a busy centre with a vibrant night-time economy and large student and military populations. Our community is unique and my officers will continue to meet those unique needs with dynamic and diverse policing.

“The Community Policing Team will remain in the heart of their local communities, investigating crimes, supporting victims, solving local problems and working with partners to drive down crime and prioritise your safety. They will be supported by specialist colleagues such as detectives in our CID, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse investigation teams.

“Essex Police is modernising the way we are contactable to the public. People can report crime or an incident via the 101 number, call 999 in an emergency and we are continuing apace on work to provide better online services to meet the demands of an increasingly technologically sophisticated society.

“As District Commander for the Colchester borough I would like to reassure residents here that their officers remain committed to serving victims, investigating crimes, catching criminals and as such will remain at the heart of their community.”

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