In the last six weeks our officers have been making #Southend safer for you. We have attended 340 incidents and made 72 arrests in a bid to keep Southend seafront safe throughout the summer.
Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander, said: “Southend seafront was open for business, and those who visited this great part of Essex and behaved were more than welcome.
“But we made ourselves clear right from the start, anyone who wanted to come to the area to cause anti-social behaviour or commit crime was not, and never will be welcome and that their behaviour will not be tolerated.”
We worked with our partners in the emergency services, local authorities, businesses and local security officers and listened to the concerns of residents to tackle anti-social behaviour and violent crime together.
To demonstrate our commitment to this issue we were supported by colleagues from other departments and the Operational Support Group, channelling our resources to make a big impact during this summer period.
We provided additional, high visibility patrols each afternoon, evening and every weekend resulting in 2,849 people being stopped and asked to account for themselves, 22 arrests for public order offences and 16 arrests for common assault.
From speaking to the public and partners, we completed 178 intelligence reports and shared a number of those with partners each week as part of the operation.
We arrested people for offences including:
9 on suspicion of drug-related offences
8 on suspicion of possession of offensive weapons
6 people who were wanted
6 on suspicion of assaults on emergency workers
5 on suspicion of drink or drug driving
5 on suspicion of committing actual bodily harm (ABH)
4 on suspicion of attempted theft of motor vehicles or the theft of motor vehicles.
Chief Inspector Hughes went on to explain:
“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and violent crime and to increase the public’s feeling of safety.
“To this aim, this work will continue and officers will continue to patrol Southend seafront and monitor the transport networks to see who is coming into Southend to prevent and detect crime. And our plans will continue with the support of our partners for as long as we are needed.
“Reassurance is one of our top priorities; just chatting to people and making sure things are running smoothly helps everyone. We even popped into licensed premises to check there were no issues, making 779 visits.
“The positive effect of our presence meant we had lots of engagement with people telling us how happy they were to see us and lots of children came over and spoke to us and had their photo taken with our officers and cars.
“Business owners have supported our efforts and welcomed our presence.
“We are already working on similar plans for summer 2022. Hopefully this will be the first summer without any COVID restrictions and even more people will come to Southend seafront to spend some enjoyable family time in our great borough.
"Our priorities will remain the same, reduce anti-social behaviour and prevent violent crime, and we will continue to target those who would want to harm Southend’s reputation.
"We will continue to commit resources where they will be the most effective and we will continue our partnership work with the support of those who helped us this year.
“Working together is the way forward; together we are stronger and more effective.”