Two new Police officers for Saffron Walden

Officers to work alongside the existing Community Policing Team

Saffron Walden will welcome two new officers to police the town centre from today, Monday, 22 July.

The officers will have two constables working out of The Lodge alongside the existing Community Policing Team.   

The visibility of the Town Centre Team is crucial, and their partnership work with local businesses, charities and community groups will ensure that the locals in Saffron Walden feel that the issues on their doorstep are being heard.

Key areas of focus for the team will be visible patrols, tackling anti-social behaviour in the town centre and acting on intelligence about drug activity in the local area.

The team will focus on issues that impact the night time economy of pubs in Saffron Walden and concerns of local business owners. They will continue to turn the tide on violent crime in the district and engage with members of the public to ensure that the community are given a voice in the Town Centre Team’s priorities.

The two new officers will be overseen by the existing Community Policing Team sergeant, Sergeant Simon Miah. Speaking about the Town Centre Team, he said: “This is an exciting time for two new officers in Saffron Walden.  The pair officers have great local knowledge and, with a bit of a helping hand, will be able to make a great difference to the town centre. They’ll really be able to get to the heart of the community in the town, figure out what troubles they’re having, and, ultimately, reduce crime.  I think our Community Policing Team has set excellent inroads for engaging with local businesses and leaders within the local community, and I’ll be proud to lead our two officers in making a real difference in Saffron Walden.”  

District Commander for Braintree and Uttlesford, Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson, added: “Towns and villages across the district all have complex and diverse needs, especially with the majority of Uttlesford being very rural.  I’m incredibly pleased that we’ll be able to focus on Saffron Walden and really make a difference for the local community with two new officers. We want to hear from you about the issues in the town, so make sure you report crime or antisocial behaviour to our new Town Centre Team on 101.”

Councillor Anthony Gerard, Portfolio Lead for Residents and Community Partnerships; Police and Emergency Services, said: “We’re very pleased to see these new officers assigned to Saffron Walden.  Not only is it an increase of ‘feet on the ground’ in the town, but their focus allows the existing team to operate more widely across the district. The safety of residents is of paramount importance and with these new officers focusing on violent crimes, local people can feel safer in their homes and town centres. Residents can also play their part by making sure that all crimes are reported to the teams on 101, even if they feel they may be insignificant.  All reports help build a bigger picture of the district to help the newly expanded team respond appropriately.”

The Mayor of Saffron Walden, Cllr Arthur Coote said: “We greatly welcome this initiative as it is something the Town Council has long campaigned for.   We’ll work closely with the officers and we’re open to any additional initiatives such as inviting them to join Councillors at ward surgeries to meet the residents of Saffron Walden and to hear first-hand about the issues that matter most. We look forward to once again having a visible policing presence on the streets of Saffron Walden.”

 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.

 

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Posted on 22/07/2019