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Reduction in crime in Southend after Specials volunteer

Reduction in crime in Southend after Specials volunteer
Across the last eight weeks, our Specials have volunteered by patrolling areas of Southend that residents raised concerns about in a local community meeting and in turn crime has decreased.

The operation led by Sgt Martin Knights from Southend Community Policing Team ran across an eight week period and involved more than 50 Specials volunteering their time to help keep Southend safe.

More than 1,100 patrols were conducted throughout October and November. Our Special Constables volunteered to support the majority of this operation alongside our officers and Police Community Support Officers.

Special Constables are volunteer police officers who have the same policing powers as regular officers but sacrifice their free time around their own personal and work commitments.

A number of areas were identified by members of the public at the local community meeting and officers targeted their patrols in three of the areas; Milton, Victoria and Kursaal.

Following this operation, we have seen burglary decrease by 100%, vehicle crime has decreased 25% and reports of anti-social behaviour in another area decreased by 35%.

Sgt Martin Knights who organised the operation said: “This is a prime example of ‘you said, we did’. We attended the local meeting and listened to residents and put a plan in place to tackle their concerns.  
“Members of the public are our eyes and ears so if anyone has any ongoing issues in their area, we urge them to attend the local meetings to talk to us. The details of the meetings can be found on the Essex Police website.”

“Our Special Constables have played a vital part in making Southend a safer place. Their volunteering hours have had a direct and positive impact on our communities.  

Superintendent Simon Anslow, lead for the Special Constabulary said: “Being a Special Constable is a really unique opportunity to support the public, reassurance them, stop crime and help keep people safe.

“Our Specials have truly made a difference to the force and our communities.”

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