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.
150 new officer posts
We have announced that 150 new police officer posts will be created to fight and prevent crime in communities across the county over the next year.
They will be paid for from the increase in the force’s part of council tax which equates to around an additional £12 a year on the average bill.
The officers will be recruited and trained this year and will be out on the front line in communities right across Essex from January, working mainly in local teams.
Fifty-three officers will go to Local Policing Teams who work on the front line on patrol, responding to emergency and priority calls.
Community Policing Teams will get an extra fifty officers to increase visibility, prevent crime and work on the front line with partners to tackle crime and community problems such as anti-social behaviour.
There will be twenty-one more detectives to investigate domestic abuse and help vulnerable people to safety.
Twenty-five officers will go to the Operational Support Group (OSG), the uniformed team which supports local officers to prevent crime, tackle offenders and carry out visible patrols as well as using specialist tactics.