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Latest news from PFCC Roger Hirst  -  October 8, 2021

PFCC helps secure £550,000 to help make Chelmsford safer

Roger TV Interview

Chelmsford is set to be made safer for everyone, thanks to £550,000 of funding from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund.

The money will be invested in several projects in the city, particularly in the Bunny Walks area which was identified as a place where people, particularly women and girls felt unsafe.

The bid was submitted by Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex in partnership with Chelmsford City Council, Essex County Council and Essex Police.

It was also supported by Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford. Roger Hirst said: “Only by working in partnership can we make our city centres and communities places that everyone, especially women and girls, can feel safe in day and night.

“This money we have successfully secured from the government will help us do just that."

Safer Streets

56 new officers welcomed to Essex Police

PFCC Roger Hirst at the passing out parade

Today, Friday 8th October, 56 new police officers took part in a passing out parade at Essex Police headquarters.

The parade was the first opportunity for families and friends to join the event since March 2020. In spite of restrictions imposed over the last 18 months, 507 men and women have been trained and have qualified as new officers, that’s the equivalent of more than one officer a day for the past 16 months.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst, said:

“Working alongside national government we have significantly increased the investment in policing over the last five years. We are getting stronger and better equipped than ever before and as a result are better able to make a difference for our communities.

“These are difficult times for policing, and we know that policing nationally needs to do more. It needs to do more to support women and girls, to rebuild confidence and trust. It needs to be better at working with our communities to get crime down.

“We build confidence through every interaction we have, every contact, every conversation and every person we help. We build confidence by hard work, professionalism and dedication.

“In my role, as your Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to ensuring that Essex Police has the support, resources, systems and processes in place to rebuild the bond of trust that it has with the public. I am committed to ensuring we are accountable to the public for our behaviour, our culture and our activity. It is up to each of us in our roles to make a difference.”

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Have your say on potential changes to firearms licensing

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Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Survey

Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is urging Essex residents to take part in a national survey and have their say on potential changes to the licensing of firearms and shotguns in England and Wales.

The survey has been organised by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and can be completed online here

Roger said: “Essex has a strong history of countryside sports and a vibrant and economically important rural community. Safe firearms ownership is an integral part of this. It’s important that anyone who has a view of this, has their say so we can feed those views back to the Home Office.”

Take Survey

Still time to apply for our Community Safety Grant

There are just a few weeks left for not for profit, voluntary or community groups to apply for up to £20,000 to deliver support and interventions for young people, children and families. The funding must support projects that have a positive impact on issues relating to crime and anti- social behaviour, violence and vulnerability.

We recognise that local organisations and groups really understand what is happening at community level and are already doing some amazing work to tackle these issues. The Violence and Vulnerability Community Safety Grant wants to help support this work and is looking to fund projects that can run during January 2022 to March 2023.

The closing date for applications is 29 October, with successful applicants notified by the end of November.

Please visit for more information and to download an application form.