Minister patrols Chelmsford to discuss visible policing
Our officers have today, Friday 12 July, been on patrol in Chelmsford with Policing Minister Nick Hurd discussing the importance of visible policing within our communities.
PC James Nickless and PCSO Sue Southgate walked the Minister through the town centre where they discussed their role in the community, some of the incidents they have managed and some recent positive developments within the force.
Earlier today at Essex Police Headquarters, the Minister talked about the importance of visible policing with Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington.
During the visit he heard of the increasing numbers of people applying to becoming police constables, including 73 successfully passing out last month, our every growing Special Constabulary and a plan to launch Town Centre Teams across Essex later this month.
Chief Constable Harrington said: “I am pleased that we have been able to grow our officer numbers this year with a view to reaching a total establishment of 3,218 and 2,322 police staff, including PCSOs that gives us extra capacity.
“Essex is a growing force: both in terms of numbers as well as the infrastructure to support the people to police our county.
“We have invested in supporting functions including new technology to enable officers and staff to be as efficient and productive as possible both in delivering the service the public expects alongside looking after them as people who are part of the policing family.”
The Minster was visiting the force as part of the publication of the Government’s Front Line Review, release on Wednesday 10 July, and the announcement of a package of new measures aimed at supporting officers on the front line.
Minister for Policing and Fire, Nick Hurd, said: “We wanted to hear directly from the front line of policing in Essex and across the country and the messages were clear.
“The need for more people. The call to stop wasting police time. The desire for more of a say in the decisions that affect the front line. The need for more time and support for both training and wellbeing.
“We have listened and now we are taking action with our partners to make sure police officers; staff and volunteers have the support they need, wherever they serve. This is on top of the increased investment to recruit more officers.”
Speaking about visible policing, he added: “It helps gives the public reassurance to see visible policing on their streets and in and around town centres.
“It’s fundamental to our police model the ability for the public to engage directly with the police, to talk to the police, and it’s the foundations of the kind of trust, which is at the heart of our policing model. We are here to serve the public, the public want visible policing and I’m delighted Essex Police is going to be delivering that even more in the town centre.”
Other recent developments discussed today included the £1.76million we secured in April from the Home Office to tackle serious violence.
The Minster heard of our work to improve mental health and well-being with the force and the fact that Chelmsford’s LPT C Shift, was awarded the country’s Best Response Team of the Year.