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This section is all about community policing – us working with you to identify and tackle issues of concern across Essex.

Community policing is about local policing, listening to your concerns, acting upon issues that matter most to you and helping you feel more confident in your community.

Community Policing Teams

There are 10 Community Policing Teams (CPTs) operating across Essex.

They are made up of police officers, Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables under the command of an Inspector.

The CPTs are there to protect people from harm, speak with communities about their concerns, gather information and help find answers to local problems.

They work closely with the 14 Community Safety Partnership teams across Essex and also talk regularly with local authorities, other Emergency Services, Health providers, charities,

Neighbourhood Watch and community groups

CPTs are as flexible as possible to cover emerging issues and crime trends in the areas they cover.

They aim to respond quickly to priority problems which present the greatest risk to people and have the support of the rest of Essex Police.

As well as their day-to-day contact with the public they hold a Local Community Meeting every month to allow residents to raise their crime-related concerns.

CPTs generally work between the hours of 8am and 10pm on Sunday to Thursday and 8am to 2am on Friday and Saturday.

They also operate outside of these times when a pressing operational need arises.

The CPTs work alongside colleagues from other locally focused teams including officers dealing with emergency calls, detectives, domestic abuse investigators and forensics.

They are also able to call on additional officers for operations to target criminal activity in their areas.

Public Surveys

Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst, have commissioned a new survey to track public confidence and find out more about those who have had contact with the police, including victims of crime.

The new survey will be undertaken by an independent Company, Social and Market Strategic Research (SMSR) and will provide a robust and in-depth assessment of public perceptions of policing across the county.  It will help us identify where we need to make improvements, so the public of Essex receive the best possible policing service.

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington said:

“One of the best bits about policing is that everyone has an opinion on it and every week we reach over a million people in Essex on social media and at community meetings. This scientific survey will tell us not only what people think but why and will find issues we can address so that people are more confident in the work we’re doing to keep Essex safe.”

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