Essex: Recognising our response officers
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As part of our Local Policing Teams, response police officers are often the first on scene following a 999 or 101 call and must be prepared to deal with an exceptional range of incidents that may be complex, life-threatening or confrontational.
At the start of the week, we highlighted the role of volunteer police officers, known as Special Constables, who support our Local Policing Teams in helping people, keeping people safe and catching criminals. As part of the initiative, our fantastic Specials also covered shifts over the weekend to show support for their Regular colleagues.
District Commanders accompanied our local officers on patrol across the week in Braintree and Southend, attending early morning meetings with the teams about to start their day and thanking those finishing their shift after a long night.
Chief Constable BJ Harrington, who is a trained response driver, also spent Friday morning on the front line with PC Matt Chamberlain of the Local Policing Team in Harlow.
He was on shift between 6am and 10.30am, attending two call-outs, making two intelligence runs and was responsible for spotting a stolen moped, which was being ridden by two teenagers, one of whom wasn’t wearing a helmet.
“It is such an important piece of work – they are dealing with some of the biggest trauma without notice. We need to look after them and appreciate what they do.”