Welcome to the Rochford District. The District Commander
for Rochford is Chief Inspector Lesley Ford 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 Rochford' map on the left
map. 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 Rochford
Local community meetings
District Commander update
Above: Chief Insp Lesley Ford
I am Chief Inspector Lesley Ford and I am delighted to be the
District Commander for Rochford.
I joined Essex Police in 1988 and was first posted to work in
Leigh on Sea, subsequently working in Southend and Basildon.
In 2002 I became a detective working within Child Abuse
Investigation Team, and subsequently managed CID teams within
Castle Point, Rochford and Southend before taking up the role of
Head of Child Abuse and On-Line Investigation in 2012.
There has been a significant reduction in some of the key crime
areas in Rochford including burglary of people’s homes and offences
of vehicle crime. However we are clear that behind each statistic
there is a person who has suffered the impact of a crime and behind
them family and friends who feel the impact too. We are therefore
keen to ensure that those who commit crime are caught and
convicted. This is not the only answer, we will continue to deter
and prevent crime.
We continue to work closely with partners and the Community
Safety Partnership to deliver initiatives aimed at the prevention
of crime. Of course our biggest stakeholder is the local community
who are an extension of our eyes and ears. We are very keen to
increase the sign up to Essex Community
Messaging to enable the Police to reach the local residents to
provide up to date information and community issues together with
crime prevention advice.
I will work hard to build upon these strong foundations to make
Rochford an even safer place to live, work and socialise.
I believe in delivering the best possible service to the public
as we are able to, with officers and staff that look and act
professionally and who are enthusiastic. My aims and those of my
staff are to:
- Improve our visibility and reduce the fear of crime around
offences that matter to the local public including burglary,
vehicle crime, hate crime and anti-social behaviour amongst
- Gain the trust and confidence of the local community and
communicate to them what we are doing about tackling local issues
that are important to them;
- Tackling the causes and effects of crime and anti-social
behaviour through targeting offender behaviour and a partner-based,
- Being visible and known within the local community and ensuring
the information we provide is accurate;
- Building on, and where possible, creating new successful local
partnerships within the community to solve problems.
If you have any questions or suggestions about our service to
you in Rochford, please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org