Impact of new Town Centre Team officers on our high streets
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Our town centres are preparing for one of their busiest times of year as the countdown to Christmas gets underway.
- 59 Constables and 12 Sergeants have built new networks to tackle anti-social behaviour with retailers and businesses
- Town Centre Teams were launched in urban and rural areas across the county in July and August
- They have made more than 250 arrests, in addition to those made by officers from other teams serving our towns
- The teams have carried out more than 600 investigations
- In Basildon, the town centre team has issued community protection warnings and notices to individuals whose persistent behaviour impacts on other people’s quality of life. Officers have also seized alcohol from street drinkers by using powers under a public spaces protection order. As a result, anti-social behaviour had dropped by more than a third since the town team was launched.
- In Grays, officers have been tackling anti-social behaviour and have worked with Thurrock Council to issue 33 community protection notices to individuals whose behaviour is considered to be unreasonable and having a detrimental effect on the community's quality of life.
- Chelmsford’s Town Centre Team has been working with the community policing team to continue patrols and stop searches in areas where there is drug activity, leading to arrests for drugs offences.
Denise Rossiter, chief executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said: “We are now entering one of the busiest periods for retailers but not always in a positive way.
“It is reassuring therefore that Essex Police have established their town teams across the county. They will be there to support both businesses and shoppers alike in coping with those in society who see the festive season as an opportunity to cause mischief for everyone else."
Town Centre Teams are currently located in:
Basildon, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Canvey, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Grays, Harlow, Harwich, Loughton, Maldon, Rayleigh, Rochford, Saffron Walden, Southend, South Ockendon, South Woodham Ferrers, Stanford-le-Hope, Waltham Abbey, Wickford, Witham.
You can find out more about what they’re doing on Facebook – each district has its own Essex Police page. You’ll also find details of how to get in touch with them, including Coffee with Cops events and local community meetings.