The Castle Point and Rochford 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 David Miles
"As a member of the local community, I fully appreciate the importance of understanding the needs of local residents and businesses, working with them and partner agencies to address their concerns, reduce crime and ensure the district is a safe place to live, work and visit.
"We will continue our work to disrupt drug activity in the district, targeting drug supply and county lines, which we know takes advantage of vulnerable people and destroys lives.
"We'll also carry on addressing issues of anti-social behaviour which we know has the ability to significantly impact upon not just individuals, but entire communities too.
"We are really keen to build upon our existing relationship with those living and working in Castle Point and Rochford and will be offering a number of opportunities throughout the year, like coffee and cops, where local residents and businesses can come and talk to our officers directly, whether it's to address concerns around criminal activity, discuss crime prevention advice or just talk to us about the work we are doing in your area."
Towns across Castle Point and Rochford will see an increased number of officers dedicated to policing town centres from Monday, 22 July.
A total of six new officers will allow the creation of an extra shift to run additionally to the district’s pre-existing Community Policing Team, meaning that the officers will be more visible and more widely available to investigate community issues within their designated town centres.
Two officers will be assigned to Canvey Island, Rayleigh and Rochford respectively. All six officers will be led by Sergeant Liz Bailey and will come under the banner of Town Centre Teams.
Community issues are at the forefront of the Town Centre Teams’ priorities, including antisocial behaviour in town centres, and officers will proactively seek opportunities for partnership working to highlight the crucial work taking place in local spaces, giving voices to communities across Castle Point and Rochford.
Speaking about the creation of the team, Inspector Cathy Calder from the Castle Point and Rochford Community Policing Team said: “I am really excited about the opportunities this increase in officers will bring to the district.
“These six officers have come from a mix of policing teams – whether that’s response, community policing or being a detective – and I think their combined skills means they’ll be able to serve their local town centres, and communities, brilliantly.
“I know we’ve had an issue with antisocial behaviour in the district this year, particularly from young people, and I’m keen for the Town Centre Teams to gather local intelligence about what’s going on for this age group in town centres, and work closely with partners to prevent the first steps of crime in our young people.
“By our officers being more visible, we’ll be able to collect an informed picture of what’s going on locally and continue to interrogate the issues that are causing the most harm to our local communities, and put a stop to it.”
Councillor Godfrey Isaacs the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Safer Communities said: “Essex Police and Castle Point Borough Council work closely together to keep the community safe and I am very happy to see that we will have more police officers in the Castle Point area keeping our residents safe.
“I welcome this initiative and look forward to seeing the extra police presence on our streets.”
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Councillor Mike Webb said: “This will be welcome news to all of us who live and work in the Rochford District and who raise our children here.
“It’s important to remember that this is a low crime district, and the introduction of four new officers for Rochford and Rayleigh will help to keep it that way in future.
“I look forward to working with the team, supporting them in their efforts to tackle incidents of antisocial behaviour and other issues that matter to our local communities.”
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.