PFCC Weekly Newsletter 22nd September 2023

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Latest news from PFCC Roger Hirst  - 22nd September 2023

1up project

Deputy PFCC Listens to young people about value of  1Up Youth Project

Young people in Basildon spoke of the value of a youth project, supported with PFCC funding, during a visit by the Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Jane Gardner, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, last week visited the 1Up project in Southernhay Youth Centre, Basildon.

1Up project is a multi-disciplinary group which strives to help young people reach their potential through education and social inclusion.

Jane Gardner, Deputy PFCC, said: “To visit 1Up and to listen to these young people was an honour and an inspiration.

“The high regard in which they hold the 1Up project was very evident and the project completely supports our priorities to reduce violence, protect vulnerable people and further invest in crime prevention.”

The project has been set up in Basildon with PFCC Violence and Vulnerability funding and support from the Active Essex Foundation.

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First in series of district public meetings hosted by Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Targeted policing led by intelligence and the recent uplift in officer numbers were subjects under discussion at the PFCC’s public meeting for Epping Forest district.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for Essex, hosted the first of a series of public meetings on Monday night at the Zinc Arts Centre, High Ongar.

Mr Hirst was joined by senior officers from Epping Forest District Council, Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service. The panel welcomed residents, who were able to raise issues surrounding policing and the fire and rescue service in the district.

Mr Hirst said: “We are there to be challenged and those in the room knew their subjects and had a committed interest.

“We were able to offer reassurance around some local concerns, and other concerns were picked up on by our colleagues from Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue on the panel to follow up on. We always learn more about community concerns from these sessions.

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Southend Police Officers

Patrol zones have been established in areas off Southchurch Road and Maple Square to provide residents with a highly visible presence after reports of drug offences, noise and nuisance activity.

Officers from Southend Community Policing Team and Southend-on-Sea City Council’s community safety officers will complete more than 3,000 hours of patrols and conduct dedicated nights of action in the next six months.

Essex’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has invested £1.1m to combat ASB in eleven hotspot areas across the county.

The funding is provided by central government as part of their Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy and is designed to deliver high visibility patrols, public engagement, targeted youth outreach and early intervention.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming PFCC District Public Meetings - everyone welcome - find out more at Events Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

Maldon Public Meeting - 9th October 2023 6pm to 9pm - venue Maldon United Reform Church, Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4PZ

Tendring Public Meeting - 25th October  7pm to 8pm

Braintree Public Meeting - 22nd November 7pm to 8pm