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Chris Black writes:
Here’s a few more thoughts on last night’s meeting:
- Essex has the lowest spend on policing per head of population of any county . This has led to a loss of 800 police. Mr Hirst implied that half of the loss (the first 400 officers) was being covered by improved efficiencies and better tech, but the loss of the other 400 was having a real impact, and the efforts made to prevent people becoming criminals were being parrticcularly undermined.
- About 80 Essex officers have been switched to anti-terrorism work.
- Another problem from the cuts is that custody centres have been closed. So if police officers arrest someone in Basildon, they have to take them to Southend and join a queue… So those officers are off the street for hours.
- If you want to report non-urgent crime, do it online rather than over the phone – it’s quicker.
- The Hullbridge councillors (District and Parish) rammed home the point about a lack of policing in their village leading to some serious issues. If Hullbridge doesn’t get better policing after this, these meetings are pretty pointless.
- If you have time available and think you are suitable, consider becoming a Special Constable.
- There is apparently no plan to close Rayleigh station – though it continues to be underused.