From 12.01am on Wednesday 6 January 2021 Essex moved into COVID-19, Alert Level 5 of the Government’s restrictions.

This moves us to a lockdown which will have an even greater impact on what we can and can’t do. You can find out what this means for you and your family and your work by visiting the government website

We understand this is a challenging start to another challenging year, particularly after the Christmas and New Year period when many of us were unable to see loved ones as we'd planned.

Our Officers and Staff will continue to patrol and respond to crime and anti-social behaviour as we've always done. They will be following all the latest regulations too.

It’s really important that we all #StaySafeEssex.

The new strains of the virus are reported to be fast-spreading and some people may be infected without displaying symptoms.

Essex Police will continue to use the same common-sense approach to the regulations that we’ve had throughout the pandemic – we’ll engage with people, explain the regulations, and encourage them to do the right thing.

We will also continue to respond to clear and blatant breaches of the regulations in order to protect and serve the County.

You will see Officers patrolling as normal, and tackling crime as we do every day of the year.

Between 7am-11pm, you can make an online report directly to one of our Digital 101 operators, by selecting the 'Live Chat' button at the bottom of the page.

Alternatively, you can submit an online report or call 101.

By doing the right thing and staying safe, you give our Officers more time to help people, keep people safe and catch criminals.

Thank you.