Your 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, alongside 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 Gerry Parker
The Chelmsford and Maldon Community Policing Team will work closely with partners to target crimes that pose the greatest threat and harm to our communities.
We will work to meet the Community Safety Partnership strategic priorities, which are:
- Protecting and supporting vulnerable people and victims of crime
- Reducing harm caused by alcohol and substance misuse
- Reducing re-offending
- Tackling crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour
- Tackling violent crime
- Promoting road safety and challenging irresponsible driving
The Chelmsford and Maldon districts will have eight extra officers dedicated to town centres from Monday, 22 July.
The officers include four constables deployed to Chelmsford, two to South Woodham Ferrers and two to Maldon and will be dedicated to tackling key issues within the town and city centres.
The officers, who will be led by one sergeant, will work as a dedicated team within the already-established Community Policing Team, but will operate under the banner of Town Centre Teams. Having previously been part of response teams in the area, their local knowledge and varied skill sets means that they will be able to hit the ground running.
They will focus on being visible in the places they police, and will work closely with the Community Policing Team to get to the heart of issues within local communities, such as antisocial behaviour, gangs and drug crime.
Vulnerability will also be at the heart of what the Town Centre Team do as they look to work with partners to safeguard the homeless and exploited within Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers and Maldon.
The Town Centre Teams will continue to make key connections with the partners, businesses, charities and community groups that represent the people of the town centres they’re serving. A particular focus of the Chelmsford team will be supporting the night time economy of clubs, pubs, and bars in the city, ensuring all venues stick to the terms of their licences and expanding upon the hard work of their award-winning Pubwatch team.
Inspector Steve Scott-Haynes of the Chelmsford and Maldon Community Policing Team said: “It’s a really exciting time for policing across the two districts. We know you wanted more visible officers to tackle the problems that are closer to home and, with the Town Centre Teams, you’ll get just that.
“In Chelmsford we’ll be looking at tackling the big issues that can have a real impact on locals and businesses, such as anti-social behaviour in the city centre, and the drug dealing that often goes along with it, particularly in areas like Moulsham.
“Our presence in South Woodham means that we can really engage with the tight-knit community in the town and tackle the drugs issue that we’re seeing across the district. We really want you to get to know the officers in your area and feel comfortable approaching them with problems you might be having, or reporting crimes that may be happening on your doorstep.
“We know that residents in Maldon can often feel overlooked for Chelmsford, but these two new officers will be able to make those all-important relationships with residents and local businesses alike to understand the issues that continue to impact the community.
“Our officers will continue to work with the partners who do great work alongside us from the Community Safety Partnership, and I know the team look forward to meeting new faces like independent business owners, community leaders and local charities to see how we can work together to make our communities safer for, and more inclusive to, everyone.”
Jude Deakin, Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Chelmsford, said, “We’re delighted to welcome the new police officers to the team. It’s so important that residents and businesses have the support they need from the police in the city centre. These increased numbers will ensure these vital people in our community are now more visible, making Chelmsford safer for everyone.”
South Woodham Ferrers Town Mayor, Councillor Alan Shearring, said: “On behalf of the residents of this town we welcome this announcement, as for a number of years it has been the wish to once again have a visible police presence in our town.
“We wish the new team every success.”
The leader of Maldon District Council, Councillor Adrian Fluker, added: “Maldon District Council has engaged with Essex Police over the years and stressed the importance of what is needed in the district. I am therefore pleased to see that the needs of the larger villages and towns around us has been recognised and that two of the newly appointed officers will be dedicated to Maldon.
“It is also noticeable that we’re seeing more police officers in the area which is something that we welcome. It is so important that the policing needs of our particularly rural district are met and that our community, businesses and visitors continue to feel safe in this area which enjoys relatively low levels of crime and disorder.
“Maldon District Council is pleased to see additional resources deployed to Maldon town centre. Last year, we had an uplift of six officers for the district and this is exactly what our public want and have been asking for. Through the Maldon Community Safety Partnership, the Council now has officers collocated with the Community Policing Team and Council community protection officers work alongside the police to ensure that there is greater visibility. This in turn boosts public confidence and reduces the fear of crime.”
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.