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The Harlow 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.

Natalia RossDistrict Commander
Chief Inspector Natalia Ross

“Keeping the community of Harlow safe requires excellent partnership working between the police and other key partner agencies across different sectors. I strongly believe in focusing on the reduction and prevention of crime by visible and proactive policing.

My community and town centre policing teams are committed to making Harlow a safer and enjoyable place to live. I am keen to engage and establish a relationship between my teams and the youth of Harlow to listen to and understand their concerns and to create opportunities for them to make a difference to their community.

The teams will be focussed on addressing violent crime, residential burglary and hidden crimes affecting the most vulnerable."

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Town Centre Team

Harlow will see an increase of three officers dedicated to policing the town centre from Monday, 22 July.

The three new officers will allow a more visible presence in the town and increase the focus on issues within the local community.

Headed up by Sergeant Tony Short, the three new officers will be known as the Town Centre Team and will work closely with the Community Policing Team in order to share intelligence and contacts, as well as to develop a joint approach to local issues.

The team will focus on issues that impact the community the most and being visible in their patrols and engagement across Harlow. The Town Centre Team will continue to work towards reducing anti-social behaviour and drugs offences, including the use and supply of drugs, in known hotspots across the town centre.

The officers will work closely with partners to get to the root of the issues in the town centre, including Harlow Council’s Community Safety Team, local businesses, The Water Gardens, and the Harvey Centre. They will also be keen to hear from residents and community leaders about the issues on their doorstep.

Inspector Tony Walker, of Harlow’s Community Policing Team, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Harlow and I’m looking forward to helping Sergeant Short lead the new Town Centre Team.

“These officers will continue with the good work that’s gone before them and keeping putting the pressure on reducing crime across the town. The team will have a really visible presence and I know they’re looking forward to making those all-important relationships with residents, partners and business-owners to ensure that Harlow town centre is a safer place to live, work and enjoy.”

Councillor Eugenie Harvey, Harlow Council’s portfolio holder for Community and Wellbeing, said: “This is welcome news for Harlow town centre and will strengthen the already solid partnership work we do with Essex Police.

“We know our residents are concerned about safety in the town centre and this measure is a response to that. Our Community Safety Officers will be working closely with the new Town Centre Team providing a dedicated visible presence in our town centre.

“This will help ensure that shoppers and businesses of Harlow town centre can go about their business in safety. The teams will respond to local issues including enforcing the new Public Space Protection Orders, which will target antisocial cycling, drinking of alcohol in public and ball games that negatively affect the town centre.”

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.

2019 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Missing people 47 43 55 49 51 56            
Domestic abuse 211 184 198 214 224 216            
Mental health 26 20 23 17 24 28            
Anti-social behaviour 205 245 234 218 253 294            
Crimes solved 134 122 135 122 134 155            
Intelligence 585 544 449 395 428 523            
Stop and search 106 88 107 100 82 345            
Road traffic collisions 31 25 25 19 25 24            


2018 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Missing people 60 37 54 51 55   66 39 41 44 37 46
Domestic abuse 181 175 176 196 226   208 245 238 206 216 268
Mental health 25 17 31 43 28   33 25 30 21 24 24
Anti-social behaviour 257 233 279 348 357   350 285 270 324 273 226
Crimes solved 109 85 104 116 114   89 108 107 117 107 121
Intelligence 419 323 371 395 417   354 393 349 459 398 367
Stop and search 23 19 7 20 22   21 4 29 38 39 64
Road traffic collisions 29 23 35 28 32   27 25 26 26 24 36

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