Have your say on the new Rural Crime Strategy 2022 - 2026
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, together with Essex Police and the Essex Rural Partnership are asking people living, working, and travelling in rural communities in Essex to give their views on rural crime.
The survey will help build a clearer picture of the issues affecting rural communities in Essex, inform the development of the new rural crime strategy 2022 – 2026 and shape police and partner activity to prevent crime, protect the vulnerable and support victims.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: "Essex has a large rural community that makes a huge contribution to our county. We already work well with our rural communities and have one of the largest Rural Engagement Teams in the country.
“We want to make an even bigger difference to the safety and security of our rural communities by working together to help them build greater resilience, prioritise the crime that matters to them, support victims and protect the vulnerable. Most importantly, we want to prevent crime by building on the strength of rural communities to get crime down together. If you live, work or travel within the rural communities in Essex, I would like to encourage you to share your views through our survey.”
PFCC Volunteers celebrated at a special event
Our incredible volunteers who support the work of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex have been honoured at a special appreciation event.
On Saturday 25th of June, we celebrated the greatest achievements of almost 60 volunteers who give their time to the Restorative and Mediation Service, Independent Custody Visiting Scheme and the Dog Welfare Scheme.
The volunteers had the opportunity to hear from experts including Charlotte Huggins from Dogs Trust, Gavin Saunders from Essex Police Cyber Prevent and Protection and Nicola Cranfield, a Crime Scene Investigator. The volunteers also took part in a speed dating style workshop, where they learnt about the different community safety initiatives around Essex and other volunteering opportunities.
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Exploited into Essex Conference
The overriding message that came from our Exploited into Essex conference was "Exploitation will not be tolerated in Essex.”
Hosted by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Essex Police, and Essex Chambers of Commerce, the conference shone a light on modern-day slavery, human trafficking and organised immigration crime.
Held at the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury, the event highlighted the work already being done, the challenge the county faces and what can be done together to build resilience against these forms of crime and stop exploitation in Essex.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner said: “It is our responsibility, individually and collectively, to make this happen. We need to be training people to spot the signs of exploitation. We need to support each other, emergency services and businesses, to implement the measures we have been hearing about today."
A wood recycling project is saving and transforming lives in Essex
New Life Wood, based at Wat Tyler Country Park in Pitsea, is a wood recycling project which provides volunteering opportunities to help to rehabilitate those with histories of mental health issues, crime or addiction.
Read about Stuart's* story, and how New Life Wood has given him an escape route from his abusive home environment and given his life purpose.
Helping to keep visually impaired people safe
Investing in better connectivity and accessibility between communities and police is a key priority for Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Essex Police have launched a new force procedure to help safeguard vision impaired members of the community who need to confirm if a person at their door is a police officer.
Use of the Visual Impairment Procedure (or VIP) is optional, but it adds a layer of security and assurance when visual identification of a police officer by their uniform or warrant card is impractical.
The procedure works using a one-time memorable password, which is agreed between the caller and the contact handler at 101 or 999. It can be used by anyone with a vision impairment, to any degree, or anyone who cares for or supports someone who is vision impaired.
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Listening to our communities - Southend Public Meeting
On Monday the 11th of July, Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner along with fellow panel members from Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Southend City Council came together to listen to the concerns on community safety from residents in Southend.
Audience members raised important issues around e-scooter safety in the town, concerns on anti-social behaviour after big events, CCTV, and cyclist/drivers on pavements. These meetings are a great way to connect with the community and provide residents with the chance to ask questions about what is happening in their area. Most importantly, this was a good opportunity to see that while a lot of important work has already been done, there is still more to do.
We also received questions ahead of the meeting from residents who were unable to attend and these will be addressed in the minutes from the meeting which will be available on the PFCC website shortly Public Meetings.
We would like to thank all of our attendees and our panels members, Ch/Insp Ian Hughes, Essex Police; Ch/Supt Waheed Khan, Essex Police; TDI Rob Maile, Essex Police; Kerry Taylor, Southend Station Manager, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Jon Gurel, Southend Community Safety Manager, for their contributions on the night.
Neighbourhood Watch Conference
This week Jane Gardner, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner attended the Neighbourhood Watch Conference and was honoured to present some awards there.
The Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association works to advise residents on how to keep safe, as well as sharing information on crimes in their local area. The organisation has 140,000 members in Essex.
She said: “I am delighted to be here today surrounded by a great community of people who do so much to keep us all safe in Essex. Neighbourhood Watch plays such an important role in working with the police, providing reassurance to the vulnerable and delivering crime prevention advice.
Just knowing that Neighbourhood Watch are active in an area can play a large part in preventing crime from happening in the first place. On behalf of the people of Essex I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who do so much to help keep people safe.”
Victim Navigators are providing a lifeline to help people exploited in Essex
With 13,000 recorded victims in the UK, the Justice and Care charity helps to rescue victims of slavery and human trafficking and empowers them to rebuild their lives, through the work of victim navigators.
These are specialist workers who are deployed with Essex Police to provide knowledge and support to victims from the moment they are discovered by officers.
How Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is keeping Essex safe - we’re there whenever you need us #WeAreEssexFire
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has detailed how it spreads resources across the county to ensure the right response reaches you in an emergency.
When you dial 999, the Service’s Control Room Officers will work to reassure you while sending the relevant crew to you. Usually this is the closest crew but it could be a crew that has specialist equipment like our Animal Rescue Unit which is based in Chelmsford or our Swift Water Rescue trained firefighters who are based around the county.
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Eastern Cyber Resilience Centre strikes up new Partnership with Police Forces across the East of England
The Eastern Cyber Resilience Centre (ECRC) has just announced that it will be working to help to improve the cyber resilience of companies that supply goods and services to the 7 Police Forces in the Eastern Region. From the 13th of July, all companies seeking to embark on new contracts with the Police in the East will be asked to join the ECRC as part of the contractual process.
The ECRC is a police led company supported by the Home Office and local policing to provide cyber guidance and affordable cyber services to businesses, charities, and public sector organisations. It is part of a national network of centres working hard to protect the UK economy.
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£503,000 funding boost to tackle domestic violence
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst has successfully secured £503,000 extra funding to support survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence in Essex.
This funding, allocated from the Ministry of Justice, will mean that we will be able to provide even more funding to organisations such as Synergy rape crisis partnership, The Children’s Society, Wilderness Foundation and specialist domestic abuse charities Safe Steps, and Next Chapter. These services provide vital support for victims of domestic and sexual offences including tailored specialist support for victims of stalking and counselling for children and young people.
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ASB Awareness Week 2022
Following a hugely successful first year, ASB Awareness Week returned for 18 - 22 July 2022.
This week focused on the impact of anti-social behaviour on young people, and the importance of engaging with the wider public about their vital role in tackling ASB.
ASB is not a low-level crime, it devastates communities and has a profound impact on victims. Find out what we are doing alongside our partners to help tackle the issue.
ECFRS appeals to the public for support
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service faced unprecedented pressures amid record-breaking temperatures and dry conditions.
With temperatures remaining high and the dry spell continuing, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to only call 999 in a genuine emergency and to help them to help you, by following safety advice.
- Don’t have bonfires or campfires
- Don’t have barbecues
- If you’re a smoker, dispose of cigarettes responsibly – make sure they’re properly out and not near to dry ground
- Don’t jump into open water – if you don’t know how deep it is or what’s in it, it’s not worth the risk. If you get into trouble – remember to float to live and try to alert others