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Latest news from PFCC Roger Hirst  -  October 29, 2021

Budget brings good news for policing

Roger TV Interview

Responding to Wednesday’s Budget, Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's Finance Lead, Roger Hirst and APCC Chair Marc Jones, said:

“We welcome this week's Budget announcements and see it as a really good outcome for policing, with investment to fully deliver on the Police Uplift Programme bringing more police officers onto our streets to fight crime and keep our communities safe.

“The budget also gives flexibility to enable PCCs to raise the local policing precept, bring further investment into policing at a local level to deliver on the public’s priorities.

“A three-year funding settlement allows for strategic medium to long term planning so forces can focus on resourcing priority crimes like violence against women and girls and county lines."

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News updates

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Tackling anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour has fallen by more than 15 per cent since 2016/2017 in Essex. Local councils, partners and communities all working together with Essex Police have made a huge difference. In this report published by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, PFCC Roger Hirst highlights just one of the many projects in Essex that are making a difference.

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Police, Fire and Crime Panel 

The Police, Fire and Crime Panel is meeting today and items on the agenda include the PFCC's Police and Crime Plan and the confirmation hearing of the new Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. The meeting was due to take place last week but was postponed out of respect following the murder of Sir David Amess. We will have updates on these important agenda items next week or you can listen online via the link below.

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Halloween safety advice


Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is sharing safety advice to keep residents in Essex safe this Halloween – to ensure a “gourd” night out for all.

Will Newman, Head of Prevention, said: “Whether you’re hosting, heading out or staying in, we want everyone to “creep it real” and have a safe and spooktacular time this Halloween."


For more home fire safety advice, visit: 

Essex Police say: 

Halloween and Bonfire Night are traditionally busy times for our officers, so we are asking everyone to stay safe this Bonfire Night, keeping it a fun and exciting time. But we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and will act if anyone causes problems for others.

Superintendent Nick Morris said:

“I want everyone to play a part in staying safe this year.
“We want to make sure that a minority of people don’t put others at risk, and that those who do not want to join in the celebrations, especially the elderly and vulnerable who may find it unsettling, are left alone.
“In the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night we will be working with shopkeepers, asking them to be alert to young people purchasing items that have historically been used to cause damage and anti-social behaviour.
“We are asking parents to make sure their children do not go trick or treating alone and to remind them only to knock on doors of people they know."

Read more here: Halloween, fireworks and bonfire night | Essex Police

Keep Covid in Check


This half-term, continue to test regularly for Covid-19. We're more likely to be out and about, mixing with friends and family over half-term. Let's Keep Covid in Check and keep doing our bit to keep everyone safe.

Upcoming events

Do you want to know how police and fire services are keeping people safe in your area? We hold public meetings around the county where residents can pose their questions live to Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex online via Facebook live sessions. Dates and details are listed below. More dates and venues will be announced soon or you can head to the events section on our website for more information.


Braintree District Facebook Live PFCC Public Meeting

Thursday 11th November @ 7pm

Castle Point Facebook Live PFCC Public Meeting

Tuesday 30th November @ 7pm

Chelmsford Facebook Live PFCC Public Meeting 

Thursday 9th December @ 7pm