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Rochford District

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

Rayleigh Hullbridge Ashingdon and Canewdon Wakering Hockley Rochford Rochford district map

Rochford and Castle Point

District Commander update

Leslie Ford
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 others;
  • 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, problem-solving approach;
  • 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

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