The former police station in Feering has gone up for sale as part of delivering our Estate Strategy and the ongoing review of our assets across the county. We continue to realise savings by removing parts of our estate that are inefficient and not best placed to deliver community policing fit for the 21st century. This is so we can ensure we can provide efficient and effective policing to our communities now and in the future.
The former police station on Feering Hill, Feering, closed to the public prior to 2010 and our intention to sell it formed part of our 2015 public announcements.
Visible every day in Feering
Chief Inspector Martin Richards, District Commander for Braintree and Uttlesford, which covers Feering, said:
“Crime, including anti-social behaviour, is falling in Braintree. This is down to the work from our dedicated Community Policing Team and Police Community Support Officers, who are operating successfully from our nearby Braintree Police Station and are visible every day in Feering. “It really is our police officers who prevent, tackle, and respond to crime and engage with our communities, not our police stations. The sale of the former police station will not change this.”
As has been well publicised since 2015, we have continued to sell parts of our estate that are old, inefficient, out of date or not best geographically placed to serve the needs of our communities. Some also require a significant investment to maintain as well as to bring them up to a standard fit for the purpose of modern policing.
Whilst we have sold some buildings, we have: invested in refurbishing strategically placed police stations that can serve our communities and remain publicly accessible; invested in shared co-locations with our partners to ensure financial efficiency and enhance partnership working; and continued to invest in a police service that is visible and accessible to all our communities with more than 3,755 officers currently protecting and serving Essex.
We want officers out in their communities – both rural, urban, and coastal – not behind a desk because it is police officers that catch criminals, protect victims, and prevent crime.
In Braintree, crime has fallen by 10% and anti-social behaviour has fallen by more than 37% in the last 12 months to November 2023 compared to the 12 months to November 2022.
Making our police force efficient and effective
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said:
“Essex Police is now the largest it has ever been, with 905 extra officers added to the force since 2016. This investment is having an effect – the very latest year-on-year figures to November show all crime in Essex is down by 6.4 per cent, with anti-social behaviour down by 38.4 per cent. “We have listened to the public and invested in making our police force efficient and effective. Police officers should be visible in the community, not behind desks. Unused estate property beyond effective repair will be sold with the funds invested to bring crime further down.”
More available to the public
In addition to the accessibility and visibility of our officers, we have worked hard to make ourselves more available to the public. We continue to:
Operate a number of police stations across the county which are open to the public;
Have a digital 101 service on our website for people to report crime as well as a Live Chat function
Routinely hold and attend meetings with our public in addition to engaging with them when we are out and about;
We have also created our e-newsletter called Dispatch which gives people regular weekly updates about how we have secured justice and continue to protect you, our public. You can also subscribe to your local Dispatch e-newsletter for Braintree.
The Essex Police front counter at Braintree Police Station remains open and is staffed by Essex Police employees from 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday.
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