The Braintree and Uttlesford Community Policing Team is made up of police officers, police Community Support Officers and Specials under the command of an Inspector and a Chief Inspector District Commander.
The team , along with the Town Centre Team, aims to protect people from harm, speak with communities about their concerns, gather information and help find answers to local problems.
District Commander: Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson
"My Community Policing Team will work across both local authority districts, targeting the crimes that pose the greatest threat to our communities.
"The importance of partnership working cannot be underestimated and we will continue to work closely with our partners.
Reducing the re-offending rate will be one of the key priorities for my team”.
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The Braintree and Uttlesford districts have six extra officers policing three town centres from Monday, 22 July.
The Town Centre Teams will have two constables deployed to Braintree, Witham and to Saffron Walden and will be dedicated to tackling key issues within the town centres.
Their visible presence in the town centres means that they can make key connections with the partners, businesses, charities and community groups that make up the bedrock of the local communities in Braintree, Witham and Saffron Walden. In working with members of the public and these partners, the officers will conduct visible patrols and will aim to give every part of the local community a voice.
The team will focus on issues that impact the community the most, including the night time economy of bars and clubs, issues that impact independent businesses, the reduction of violent crime, drugs offences and anti-social behaviour in the town centres.
Sergeant Jenna Mirrington-French, of Braintree and Witham’s Town Centre Teams, said: “We’re raring to go and really make a difference in Braintree and Witham.
“Building on the brilliant local relationships that our Community Policing Team have already cultivated, and making new connections, we’ll be able to get to the heart of what’s troubling the community and how we can help.
“We heard you when you said you wanted more visible policing so that’s where we’ll be. Our work will look to protect the vulnerable in our society and ensure our town centre represents the best parts of the district – its welcoming feel, entrepreneurship and its inclusivity.”
“We’ve received a lot of public feedback about Manor Street in Braintree in particular and how dangerous it can be, so we’ll aim to enforce the one-way system when we see that the law isn’t being abided by, to continue to keep that part of the town centre safe for everyone.”
The two new officers for Saffron Walden will be overseen by the existing Community Policing Team sergeant, Sergeant Simon Miah. Speaking about the Town Centre Team, he said: “This is an exciting time for two new officers in Saffron Walden.
“The pair of them have great local knowledge and, with a bit of a helping hand, will be able to make a great difference to the town centre. They’ll really be able to get to the heart of the community in the town, figure out what troubles they’re having, and, ultimately, reduce crime.
“I think our Community Policing Team has set excellent inroads for engaging with local businesses and leaders within the local community, and I’ll be proud to lead our two officers in making a real difference in Saffron Walden.”
District Commander for Braintree and Uttlesford, Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson, added: “These are two local officers who have worked in the area for a considerable amount of time, and I don’t doubt that they’ll be able to work alongside our existing Community Policing Team to deliver what’s best for Braintree, Witham and Saffron Walden.
“Their work will see them continuing to engage with local councils, Chambers of Commerce, Braintree Town Partnership, the George Yard Shopping Centre in Braintree, Witham Industrial Watch and other neighbourhood associations and community groups, so that we can really understand the issues that matter to our locals.”
Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Safety at Braintree District Council, said: “Braintree district is a safe area in a safe county but we welcome the extra police presence and the increased confidence it will bring to shoppers, traders and visitors.
“More officers keeping our streets safe from crime and free of anti-social behaviour is great to see and we will continue to work closely with Essex Police across the district on both visible and hidden harms as part of our community safety partnership.”
Michael Lager, leader of Witham Town Council said: “We welcome this extra resource to make Witham an even safer and better place. They will provide needed reassurance to young and old by being seen out and about alongside our local Special Constables.
“We expect them to focus on anti-social behaviour, burglaries and theft, obstruction caused by inconsiderate parking, people jumping traffic lights and other unsafe driving, things that our police haven’t had the resource to deal with fully. The message to residents and visitors is “you need to respect others and stay within the law.”
Councillor Anthony Gerard, Portfolio Lead for Residents and Community Partnerships; Police and Emergency Services at Uttlesford District Council, said: “We’re very pleased to see these new officers assigned to Saffron Walden. Not only is it an increase of ‘feet on the ground’ in the town, but their focus allows the existing team to operate more widely across the district.
“The safety of residents is of paramount importance and with these new officers focusing on violent crimes, local people can feel safer in their homes and town centres.
“Residents can also play their part by making sure that all crimes are reported to the teams on 101, even if they feel they may be insignificant. All reports help build a bigger picture of the district to help the newly expanded team respond appropriately.”
The Mayor of Saffron Walden, Cllr Arthur Coote said: “We greatly welcome this initiative as it is something the Town Council has long campaigned for.
“We’ll work closely with the officers and we’re open to any additional initiatives such as inviting them to join Councillors at ward surgeries to meet the residents of Saffron Walden and to hear first-hand about the issues that matter most. We look forward to once again having a visible policing presence on the streets of Saffron Walden.”
Essex Police’s investment in more policing in town centres will place officers in 23 locations across the county to deal with the issues on your doorstep.
As part of the force’s dedication to visible, frontline officers, the 58 constables will tackle the most prominent issues in local communities, making for a safer county and stronger relationships with the public.
The Town Centre Team constables will be assigned to Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Harwich, Maldon, Saffron Walden, South Woodham Ferrers and Witham in the north of Essex.
In the south of the county, officers will be servicing Basildon, Billericay, Canvey, Rayleigh, Rochford, Southend and Wickford.
Finally, the teams in the west will be based in: Brentwood, Grays, Harlow, Loughton, South Ockendon, Stanford-le-Hope and Waltham Abbey.