Chief constable promises 500 more local police officers for Essex communities

Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

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Another 500 police officers will be put on local policing duties.

The changes are due to come in to effect on September 1.

Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "I believe the public of Essex want policing delivered locally.

"For me it is about locally based, locally accountable, locally led officers, police community support officers and staff delivering across a range of response, investigation and engagement responsibilities."

Mr Kavanagh said the number of officers in some specialist functions such as firearms, roads policing and public order will be reduced so that more can carry out local policing duties.

This will include moving about 400 centrally controlled response officers.

He said careful consideration has been given to reducing the numbers in specialist functions, adding: "The force retains the right level of resourcing in these important specialist areas.

"I am committed to policing our road network and the essential task of working with partner agencies and drivers to improve safety.

"We also maintain the capability to rapidly respond to incidents involving firearms as well as continuing to meet our public order commitments both in Essex and across the region."

Essex Police is also launching a recruitment drive for new constables.

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5:11pm Mon 19 May 14

Regbluebottle says...

It would be useful to know how many of the 500 *police officers* will in fact just be PCSO's who haven't even got the powers to interview a suspect under caution.

Also:

"I am committed to policing our road network and the essential task of working with partner agencies and drivers to improve safety" Yet 3 paragraphs above he says that SPECIALIST ROAD POLICING WILL BE REDUCED!

Sounds to me like he's reducing the number of highly skilled and trained traffic police officers and putting more 'Noddy's' on the roads to fine and hassle motorists for petty offences....
It would be useful to know how many of the 500 *police officers* will in fact just be PCSO's who haven't even got the powers to interview a suspect under caution. Also: "I am committed to policing our road network and the essential task of working with partner agencies and drivers to improve safety" Yet 3 paragraphs above he says that SPECIALIST ROAD POLICING WILL BE REDUCED! Sounds to me like he's reducing the number of highly skilled and trained traffic police officers and putting more 'Noddy's' on the roads to fine and hassle motorists for petty offences.... Regbluebottle
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5:40pm Mon 19 May 14

Jack222 says...

I think he's just moving people from central office out to the sticks where they will be less efficient.

I have no problem with police fining people if they break the road law. The more they fine the merrier - why should people get away with it? Nothing wrong with them raising money either - it shouldn't all be paid from our taxes let those who make driving more dangerous pay for it!
I think he's just moving people from central office out to the sticks where they will be less efficient. I have no problem with police fining people if they break the road law. The more they fine the merrier - why should people get away with it? Nothing wrong with them raising money either - it shouldn't all be paid from our taxes let those who make driving more dangerous pay for it! Jack222
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