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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

PDF icon smallSummary of proposed changes for Rochford

Leslie Ford
Chief Insp Lesley Ford

“The scale of financial savings Essex Police has had to make and continues to face is enormous.

“As a police force we have no choice over having to make these savings, but we can decide how we make them. At the root of those decisions is our commitment to continue to provide you with an effective and efficient police force that directs resources where the most harm is being caused in our communities.

“As part of these changes we are reshaping the way we provide local policing. Through our new Community Policing Teams we will continue to provide locally based and accountable officers who respond to local crime trends, tackle violence associated with the night-time economy and work closely with partners to keep your community safe. They will prioritise protecting people from harm and preventing and reducing crime.

“However with less money Essex Police will inevitably have to employ less people. The proposal to reduce the number of Police Community Support Officers, which is the subject of consultation with affected staff, is one of the many tough decisions being faced by our Chief Constable. However we must ensure that the resources we have are best placed to tackle where the most harm is being caused in our communities.

“Essex Police is also putting forward the difficult proposal to close the front counters of some police stations and potentially sell others.

“I understand that residents, particularly those living in Rayleigh, will understandably be saddened that the front counter of Rayleigh police station is proposed for closure. This is currently subject to a consultation with affected staff. Compared to the front counter of police stations in neighbouring boroughs, such as Southend and Basildon, Rayleigh is not heavily used by the public. To continue to staff an under-used front counter requires money that could be spent directing our resources to where the most harm is being caused in our communities.

“My officers and I are thoroughly committed to continuing to providing a good service to our residents across the whole of the Rochford district. Dedicated officers will still be available to investigate your crimes, support victims, respond to emergencies and will continue to work with partners to prevent crime and improve community safety.

“We are still contactable through 101, via 999 in an emergency, via email and Essex Police is continuing to work to modernise and improve our online services with the proposed introduction of online services to report and track crime.

“Ultimately we are faced with a balancing act of dealing with reduced budgets whilst ensuring that the limited resources we have are where they most need to be.”

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