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Officers visited Melbourne in Chelmsford today, Thursday 26 January, to meet residents and visit businesses to talk about issues which matter to them.
Sgt Matt Collins, of Chelmsford Community Policing Team, says:
“Our officers were out on patrol and speaking to residents and shopkeepers to better understand their issues so we can work with them, local community organisations and partners to solve problems and tackle criminal activity and anti-social behaviour where it arises.
“Anti-social behaviour, drug supply and theft are just some of the matters we are committed to tackling within Melbourne and across the city as a whole.”
As well as talking to locals, officers carried out several stop and searches. We conduct these if we suspect a person is carrying stolen or prohibited goods, such as drugs or offensive weapons.
Sgt Collins says:
“We use stop and search to keep people safe because it discourages people from carrying knives and dealing drugs in public.”
Crime and anti-social behaviour can affect not just individuals but entire communities, too.
If you're experiencing anti-social behaviour or you see or hear about anti-social behaviour issues, we want you to report it to us so that we can work with our community partners to resolve community issues.
You can report incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour online where you can also use Live Chat – open from 10am-9pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Alternatively, ring 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, online or on 0800 555 111.
In an emergency, always call 999.
If you’ve been a victim of anti-social behaviour, or any crime, and are feeling mentally impacted by it, contact Victim Support on 0808 1689 111.