“We often see comments from people on social media, or when you talk to residents, that the police are, ahem how should I say, often less than helpful. In fact, we, the Lib Dems have recently raised a motion at full council to find out the affect of the closure of the front desk at Rayleigh Police station and the station closure in Rochford. The demands of the general public are great and we are somewhat intolerable to slow response times, lack of community policing.
Well today should give us all a different perspective on what we, the general public, expect from Essex Police…”
Only one group of councillors have submitted a motion for next Tuesday’s full council, and it’s the Lib Dems:
“… the following motion has been received from Cllrs C I Black, J E Newport, R A Oatham and C M Stanley
“In view of the closure of the front desk of Rayleigh police station and the total closure of Rochford police station and the concern expressed by some members of the public, this Council requests the appropriate Portfolio Holderto report back to Council on how these closures have affected policer esponse time to crime, and police and District Council response to anti-social behaviour and also the current levels of crime and anti-social behaviour across the district in recent months.”
Stephen Kavanagh (the Chief Constable) and Nick Alston (the elected Police & Crime Commisioner) are coming to Sweyne Park School on November 12th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm to answer questions from the public.
ESSEX Police has revealed Pitsea and Billericay police stations will close with Canvey and Rayleigh stations shutting their front counters.
At a press conference held at 1pm, the force has outlined plans for swingeing cuts to stations, PCSOs and police staff.
In a statement, Essex Police said: “The financial challenges are clear and stark. Essex Police is anticipating cuts of around £63 million by 2019-20, on an annual budget of around £262 million. Around 83 per cent of the budget is spent on the salaries of police officers, PCSOs and police staff.
“With £1 million paying for 20 police constables for a year, these financial challenges inevitably mean that Essex Police’s workforce will become significantly smaller over the next few years.”
There are currently 25 police stations with front counters in Essex. The plan is to reduce this number to 10 front counters by April 2016.
Essex Police proposes to keep front counters open to the public from 9am to 5pm in south Essex:
Grays, Basildon and Southend
First thoughts are:
– does it really save much money to close the front desk at Rayleigh Police Station?
– are the reducing numbers of police in Essex (now below 3000) even more of a concern than losing some police counters?
– would most residents support an increase in the council tax we pay for the police service? A band D property currently pays £ 147.15 per year.
It is based at police headquarters in Sandford Road, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DN and is open every Saturday from 10am-4pm. Admission is free and there is no need to book. This year it was runner-up in the Essex Mums awards Best Museum category….
To quote a few comments on tripadvisor:
nice and small, friendly staff and very good mix of things and considering the costs of some other museums, really good value.
I visited on a wet Saturday afternoon and I was surprised at the amount of People in the museum, it seemed quite popular. However I must say that the whole set up is very much geared up for children or maybe someone that hasn’t seen a Police Officer before. The best bit was the old case study’s that were free to take home and read at your leisure.
Found the museum on TA whilst searching for something to do on a rainy afternoon. So glad we visited.
It’s small but crammed with interesting exhibits. Me and my son’s favourites were the 70 crime scene, police phone box and the witness stand. He spent ages doing imaginative play and loved it here.
It’s free but I’d urge people to spend a couple of quid on souvenirs and put something in the donation box to keep this unique attraction running.
On a daily basis, only a small proportion of Anti-Social Behaviour cases are assessed as presenting a high risk or involving repeat victimisation. ACC Wortley has stated that there were around 1,500 such cases last year, or around 3 per cent of the total number of ASB incidents reported to the force. I expect Essex Police to continue to lead on these cases.
However, there are many other types of ASB incident where partner agencies, such as local authorities, should have the main responsibility in attempting to resolve the matter. Essex Police will now often refer such cases to the appropriate agency.