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
of proposed changes for Rochford
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
“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.”