Blue Light Collaboration
The government has asked Police and Crime Commissioners to consider the case for closer collaboration between the blue light services in their local area.
I believe there is the potential for real benefits for Essex. As a first phase, I will be exploring the options with Chief Officers of Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, and the Essex Fire Authority.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police have long and proud traditions of serving the public. They share the key objective of making our county a safer place.
But there are many opportunities for delivering a better, more effective, service through working closer together and sharing resources. This is already happening – though initiatives such as Parish Safety Volunteers, who work with communities in rural areas, to the Safer Essex Roads Partnership.
Both the police and the fire and rescue service are there to respond in emergencies but, just as importantly, to prevent emergencies happening in the first place.
By creating a more joined up infrastructure – support and enabling staff, transport, buildings, IT and communications – we may be able to do even more to prevent, protect, and respond.
To explore options for closer collaboration, we have created a strategic board whose members include Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley, Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Essex Fire Authority Chair Tony Hedley. Over the next few months, a small team working to the strategic board will develop a business case, including options for governance of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police in collaborative work, as required by the draft legislation.
The prize is a big one: we want to provide the most effective Police and Fire and Rescue Services possible to keep the people of Essex safe.
As part of this process, we will ensure that we engage both the public and everyone who works for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police, keeping them up to date with the development of this work.
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
Essex Police Active Citizen Scheme
Across the UK there are numerous examples where members of the public are volunteering in roles to support local policing activity. It should be clearly understood, that this is not a scheme designed to override or under value the existing voluntary organisations, who are already doing a fantastic job within the community, but, one to supplement and indeed enhance, the good work that already takes place.
Essex Police are excited to be creating their own ‘Active Citizen’ programme, expanding an existing volunteer framework which will enable to be able to become involved in supporting their local community, through volunteering with their local police.
The Active Citizen scheme will incorporate a number of existing Volunteer programmes, such as: Volunteer Police Cadets, Home Guard, Dog Watch, Active Citizens Horse Watch etc., but the overall scheme will go much further.
Opportunities will be tailored according to availability, capacity and capability of the volunteers, the only limit of the use of the Active Citizen scheme within the policing framework, is imagination.
An existing example of good work is that of the ‘Home Guard’ in Colchester, where volunteers patrol the streets to assist the police in keeping people safe. Other examples might be setting up crime prevention stands in town centres (possibly alongside, or in conjunction with Essex Watch and Neighbourhood Watch), who already carry out valuable work in this field, also distributing crime prevention leaflets, and, alongside a police officer or PCSO, giving crime prevention advice where there may have been recent opportunist burglaries. There could also be opportunities for assisting with some back office functions. As the scheme comes to fruition, it is planned to appoint Active Citizen leaders, who will co-ordinate the work of other Active Citizen volunteers.
Opportunities will be provided to volunteers from the age of 18 plus. It will be a fantastic opportunity for those looking for work experience, or for adding skills to the CV, and to gain invaluable experience in customer service and problem solving, setting our Active Citizens apart from other candidates, when applying for employment.
It will enable people to truly get involved in structured activities, and to support their local community, as well as a great opportunity to make new friends.
This new initiative is indeed, a chance for caring members of our communities to make a difference.
If you are interested and would like to receive more information on becoming an ‘Active Citizen,’ please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Policing in Colchester
Colchester's new “Community Policing Team” has been launched by Essex Police as part of a renewed commitment to local policing that puts partnerships with councils and other organisations at the heart of community safety. The new teams will work in community safety hubs with partners like councils, other Emergency Services, Health providers, charities, Neighbourhood Watch and community groups.
Their main focus will be on community safety priorities, solving local problems like high risk anti-social behaviour, local “hot spot” crimes, repeat victims or keeping the night time economy safe.
Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason says: “Our renewed commitment to local policing means new teams will work as one with our partners to protect people from harm, talk and listen to communities about their concerns, gather information and help find answers to local problems. Our ambition is for a seamless link with Community Safety Partnership teams across Essex, working together to tackle locally-agreed priorities.
Working alongside those teams will be all the other parts of Essex Police which keeps people safe. That’s three thousand officers working for a safer Essex, including specialist domestic abuse teams, emergency crews responding to 999 calls, detectives investigating serious crime, and our countywide roads policing teams, firearms and police dog teams and officers and staff dealing with cyber-crime and fraud.”
Chief Inspector Elliott Judge, district commander of Colchester, adds: "As well as targeting the crime priorities in your community, officers are dealing with different, more serious types of crime and harm being perpetrated in our communities. It is known that you are far more likely to be a victim of crime in your own home than on the streets where you live. With this in mind our policing priorities will be Child Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and Domestic Abuse.”
More information about our team can be found on our community policing web pages .
Contacting the Police
Whatever you need Essex Police for, we want to make it easy for you to do it.
For the first time you can report a non-emergency crime to us online.
Our 'do it online' service lets you report non-emergency crime, road traffic collisions and access a range of information and advice easily and conveniently. Online reporting for lost or found property will be added during April.
Essex Police has also subscribed to the national ‘knowledge bank’ Ask The Police, also accessible at www.essex.police.uk/doitonline. Ask the Police contains answers to hundreds of often-asked questions about policing from abandoned vehicles to youth issues. Your burning question may already have an answer wairing for you!
Remember though, we still need you to dial 999 in an emergency and you can still call our non-emergency number 101.