The Tendring 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 Teams, 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 Paul Wells
“Making sure the Tendring district is a safe and pleasant place to live, work and visit is the number one priority of the local and community policing teams here.
“We detect and prevent crime effectively through partnership work, efficient and proportionate investigations, high visibility policing and by using support from specialist colleagues.
“Community engagement and involvement enables us to do our job effectively and we thrive on information and intelligence from you. Whether this relates to anti-social behaviour or information of a more serious nature we want to hear about it.
“Finally, please look out for each other and the most vulnerable people in your family, neighbourhood and social circles. If you think someone is being abused or exploited, let us know so we can make a difference together.”
Tendring will welcome five new officers to police the town centres of Clacton and Harwich from Monday, 22 July.
The officers will work alongside our existing Community Policing Team and be dedicated to tackling key issues within the town centres of Clacton and Harwich.
Intelligence gathered by our local officers, feedback from members of the public and from local businesses have shaped the priorities for the Town Centre Teams, which will include reducing the operations of county lines within the town centre, protecting the vulnerable, tackling anti-social behaviour, focusing on the prevention of street robberies and ensuring that the bars and clubs in Clacton and Harwich operate according to their licences.
The three officers for Clacton will be led by Sergeant Alex Southgate, who will take the team on in addition to his role as Tendring Community Policing Team sergeant.
The three officers for Harwich will be led by Sergeant Aaron Heard, who will take the team on in addition to his role as Harwich Community Policing Team sergeant. Both teams will support the Tendring Community Safety Partnership and joining in with local Street Action days and other community-focused events.
Acting Chief Inspector Darren Deex, District Commander for Tendring, said: “I’m really excited to be helping Alex and Aaron lead these new teams into the summer of 2019.
“With Clacton being a coastal town, I’m sure that this increased police presence in our town centre will make a real difference for both locals and holidaymakers.
“They’ll be focusing on the issues that we know are prominent in Clacton, like the antisocial behaviour and street drinking in the town centre, as well as the ongoing threat of drug dealing in the town and how this targets the most vulnerable members of our society.
“With the support of the entire Community Policing Team and other policing teams within the district, and ongoing partnership working with the Community Safety Partnership, residents associations and the outstanding local support systems and charities in our area, I know the Town Centre Team will make a real impact.
“With Harwich and Dovercourt being port and coastal towns, I’m sure that this increased police presence in our town centre will make a real difference for both locals and holidaymakers.
“I am confident that this team will not only provide a visible presence in the town centre and local communities but will also support businesses and the local authority in creating a safer town centre and prevent crime and disorder on your doorstep.”
Councillor Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Chairwoman of the Tendring Community Safety Partnership, said: “This new team is a welcome addition to the existing work carried out by Essex Police and partners in Clacton town centre.
“They will bolster and complement the work of our new Anti-social Behaviour Officer, which we are currently recruiting to, as well as the previously announced summer policing initiative we are jointly funding with Essex Police, and work closely with other council services such as licensing.”
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.
Mayor of Harwich, Councillor Alan Todd said: “It is very good news to hear that we are to have additional police officers based locally. It is important that people feel safe in our town centre and I am sure that everyone will welcome this targeted approach to town centre policing.”
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.