Essex: Chief Constable Harrington's message ahead of the weekend
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You’ll have seen our officers protecting the people of Essex today, just like they do every day.
Our message for the weekend is simple: don’t spoil it for everyone else now that the sun’s out.
Today, Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington has been patrolling with the Tendring Community Policing Team around Clacton and Jaywick.
Chief Constable Harrington said: “It’s been a really long, and horrible year for people across the county. Like you, my officers are really looking forward to socialising, enjoying the football, and maybe visiting a beer garden or two on their days off.
“The majority of people in Essex have been amazing throughout the pandemic – please don’t get silly in the sunshine.
“As Assistant Chief Constable Nolan said yesterday, we all have a responsibility to do our bit. Whether you’re the owner of a licenced premises, someone who frequents it, or someone visiting our coastline from out of county – look after each other and make sure your behaviour doesn’t lead to my officers being called.
"I do though want to be clear - if you are violent, if you are disorderly and if you risk your safety and that of the vast majority of the law abiding people of Essex, we will not tolerate your behaviour and will arrest you and bring you to justice.
“Of course, we’re here if and when you do need us, and I’d encourage you to speak to any officers you might see patrolling in your local area this weekend.
“Stay safe Essex and have a good weekend.”
In an emergency always dial 999.