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Southend District

Welcome to the Southend District. The District Commander for Southend is Chief Inspector Simon Anslow 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 Southend' 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.

News update: Southend police station to close for refurbishment

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District Commander update

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Simon Anslow
Chief Insp Simon Anslow

“Essex Police has had to make an unprecedented level of financial savings in recent years and is likely to have to make a further £63million of savings by 2020. Inevitably with less money the force will employ fewer people and we must review the way we operate.

“As well as facing financial challenges, your officers are dealing with different more serious types of crime and harm being perpetrated in our communities.

“The proposal to reduce the number of Police Community Support Officers in Essex, which is the subject of consultation with affected staff, has been an extremely difficult one for our Chief Constable to put forward.

“However, with limited resources, Essex Police must place its officers 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.

“The new teams will be locally based, locally accountable and will prioritise the issues causing the greatest harm in the communities they serve.

“In addition to the potential loss of some PCSOs, there will be further changes to policing in the Southend borough. Police stations in Leigh, Westcliff, Eastwood and Shoebury are being proposed for closure and sale. Many of these stations have not been open to the public for some considerable time with the exception of Westcliff which has recently provided front counter services whilst Southend undergoes extensive refurbishment.

“In the face of many changes I, as District Commander for Southend, can assure you that your police officers will continue to be at the heart of the community, investigate your crimes, respond to your emergencies and provide solutions to longer-term crime-related problems. The new Community Policing Team will be more focused and used more smartly to keep your community safe.

“The team will not work in isolation and will be supported by detectives in CID, the Domestic Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse investigation teams as well as specialist colleagues across the rest of the county for example the Serious Crime Directorate.

“Southend police station is currently undergoing a major refurbishment programme. This work, which is due to be completed by May 2016, will see the station undergo extensive modernisation work as well as the creation of a new custody block, to ensure it is a facility fit for the purpose and challenges faced by a modern police force. When the station reopens it is proposed that it will have a front counter open to the public seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

“Essex Police must make difficult decisions but your officers will continue to be visible in the community, serving victims, catching criminals and providing emergency support.”

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