500 police officers will be moved back into the community

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston

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A MAJOR restructure of Essex Police will see officers returning to towns and villages.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh today announced plans to move 500 officers out of central hubs and specialist teams and into specific communities.

60 police officer posts are being cut, mainly from road policing and firearms units, as part of the plans to save £3million.

Essex Police is having to make cuts after Government grants were reduced.

It has to work with £78million less a year by 2016 than it had in 2010.

Mr Kavanagh said: "I believe the public want policing delivered locally.

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

The changes will be made on September 1.

The force is also launching a recruitment drive tomorrow as it expects to have more vacancies than positions lost.

 

Mr Kavanagh added: "I have to think carefully about how resources are balanced across the county.

"I also have to ensure that, operating within a reduced budget, we continue to deliver effective policing to all our communities."

Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston welcomed the changes.

He said: "It is clear how highly local officers, PCSOs and police staff are valued.

"The Chief’s plan will ensure that there will still be neighbourhood constables and PCSOs.

"Crucially though, these neighbourhood teams will be supported by 500 more officers being moved into local policing roles, providing a real continuity of local service to victims of crime."

See the full story in tomorrow's newspaper.
 

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12:31pm Mon 19 May 14

Ontheball says...

Oh, are we going back to the old tried and tested village policeman role!
Oh, are we going back to the old tried and tested village policeman role! Ontheball
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Mon 19 May 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

"Reduced budget " ???????? Still get a share of our Council Tax !!!!! So can we expect Mistley station to "open" again ?? After it was deemed " closed "??? Police this country to its needs !!!
"Reduced budget " ???????? Still get a share of our Council Tax !!!!! So can we expect Mistley station to "open" again ?? After it was deemed " closed "??? Police this country to its needs !!! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 0

1:46pm Mon 19 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

500 officers based at HQ in Chelmsford, was the post this morning, now they are stating it was in a central role.
This i going to hurt someone and somewhere along the line.
If anyone can do it CC kavanagh & PCC Alston will get the job done.
Lets hope the internet backbiting and whinging will not start, it was at this moment time when The Eides of March with Baker appeared.
The article needs to be little more clear on what is actually going to happen?
If it means 500 more feet on the ground the good one !
AVPG:
500 officers based at HQ in Chelmsford, was the post this morning, now they are stating it was in a central role. This i going to hurt someone and somewhere along the line. If anyone can do it CC kavanagh & PCC Alston will get the job done. Lets hope the internet backbiting and whinging will not start, it was at this moment time when The Eides of March with Baker appeared. The article needs to be little more clear on what is actually going to happen? If it means 500 more feet on the ground the good one ! AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Mon 19 May 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

SOMETHING2SAY wrote:
"Reduced budget " ???????? Still get a share of our Council Tax !!!!! So can we expect Mistley station to "open" again ?? After it was deemed " closed "??? Police this country to its needs !!!
Bang on dude bang on !
[quote][p][bold]SOMETHING2SAY[/bold] wrote: "Reduced budget " ???????? Still get a share of our Council Tax !!!!! So can we expect Mistley station to "open" again ?? After it was deemed " closed "??? Police this country to its needs !!![/p][/quote]Bang on dude bang on ! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: -7

4:13pm Mon 19 May 14

emcee says...

Quote Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston : "It is clear how highly local officers, PCSOs and police staff are valued."
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Erm, I would wager a bet that only a very small percentage of people value PCSOs. Obviously, Essex Police value them because they are cheap but I doubt most ordinary citizens thinks they are worth the money spent on them.

As far as cutting 60 police officers is concerned, I would rather 120 PCSO were cut and the 60 police officers were redeployed from policing traffic to policing the street.
Quote Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston : "It is clear how highly local officers, PCSOs and police staff are valued." - Erm, I would wager a bet that only a very small percentage of people value PCSOs. Obviously, Essex Police value them because they are cheap but I doubt most ordinary citizens thinks they are worth the money spent on them. As far as cutting 60 police officers is concerned, I would rather 120 PCSO were cut and the 60 police officers were redeployed from policing traffic to policing the street. emcee
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Mon 19 May 14

pierre-pierre says...

er which paper?

Braintree and Witham Times »

500 police officers will be moved back into the community

10:56am Monday 19th May 2014 in News
See the full story in tomorrow's newspaper.

Brainless & Witles is published on Thursday
er which paper? Braintree and Witham Times » 500 police officers will be moved back into the community 10:56am Monday 19th May 2014 in News See the full story in tomorrow's newspaper. Brainless & Witles is published on Thursday pierre-pierre
  • Score: -6

5:56pm Mon 19 May 14

James 1 says...

Here we go again. Same old story. Its a great pity the Nick Alston doesn't stand up to his idol in No 10 and tell him to his face exactly what he has done. Of course he wont do that. After all he is a Tory.
I'll give this idea 12 months from the start. Ask yourself this - When did you last see a police Officer walking the streets wearing a helmet?
How many hours does an officer spend in the course of a shift pen pushing?
No Mr Kavanagh, as much as I would like to see it work, lets see what happens in a few months.
Here we go again. Same old story. Its a great pity the Nick Alston doesn't stand up to his idol in No 10 and tell him to his face exactly what he has done. Of course he wont do that. After all he is a Tory. I'll give this idea 12 months from the start. Ask yourself this - When did you last see a police Officer walking the streets wearing a helmet? How many hours does an officer spend in the course of a shift pen pushing? No Mr Kavanagh, as much as I would like to see it work, lets see what happens in a few months. James 1
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Mon 19 May 14

abd123 says...

What will happen to the work formerly done by these 500? My guess is that they will still do exactly the same but be located isomewhere else. This seems like a smoke and mirrors effect to give the impression there are 500 more Officers.
What will happen to the work formerly done by these 500? My guess is that they will still do exactly the same but be located isomewhere else. This seems like a smoke and mirrors effect to give the impression there are 500 more Officers. abd123
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Mon 19 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

"...Mr Kavanagh said: "I believe the public want policing delivered locally...."


No! Really?
"...Mr Kavanagh said: "I believe the public want policing delivered locally...." No! Really? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

11:01pm Mon 19 May 14

Nebs says...

If the judges did their job then we wouldn't need so many police chasing the same villains week in, week out.
If the judges did their job then we wouldn't need so many police chasing the same villains week in, week out. Nebs
  • Score: 3

10:00am Tue 20 May 14

RonnieClegg says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
500 officers based at HQ in Chelmsford, was the post this morning, now they are stating it was in a central role.
This i going to hurt someone and somewhere along the line.
If anyone can do it CC kavanagh & PCC Alston will get the job done.
Lets hope the internet backbiting and whinging will not start, it was at this moment time when The Eides of March with Baker appeared.
The article needs to be little more clear on what is actually going to happen?
If it means 500 more feet on the ground the good one !
AVPG:
Wouldn't 500 more officers on the beat mean 1000 more feet on the ground?
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: 500 officers based at HQ in Chelmsford, was the post this morning, now they are stating it was in a central role. This i going to hurt someone and somewhere along the line. If anyone can do it CC kavanagh & PCC Alston will get the job done. Lets hope the internet backbiting and whinging will not start, it was at this moment time when The Eides of March with Baker appeared. The article needs to be little more clear on what is actually going to happen? If it means 500 more feet on the ground the good one ! AVPG:[/p][/quote]Wouldn't 500 more officers on the beat mean 1000 more feet on the ground? RonnieClegg
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Tue 20 May 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

RonnieClegg wrote:
A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
500 officers based at HQ in Chelmsford, was the post this morning, now they are stating it was in a central role.
This i going to hurt someone and somewhere along the line.
If anyone can do it CC kavanagh & PCC Alston will get the job done.
Lets hope the internet backbiting and whinging will not start, it was at this moment time when The Eides of March with Baker appeared.
The article needs to be little more clear on what is actually going to happen?
If it means 500 more feet on the ground the good one !
AVPG:
Wouldn't 500 more officers on the beat mean 1000 more feet on the ground?
Yeh sure he cant count he's drunk all the time !
[quote][p][bold]RonnieClegg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: 500 officers based at HQ in Chelmsford, was the post this morning, now they are stating it was in a central role. This i going to hurt someone and somewhere along the line. If anyone can do it CC kavanagh & PCC Alston will get the job done. Lets hope the internet backbiting and whinging will not start, it was at this moment time when The Eides of March with Baker appeared. The article needs to be little more clear on what is actually going to happen? If it means 500 more feet on the ground the good one ! AVPG:[/p][/quote]Wouldn't 500 more officers on the beat mean 1000 more feet on the ground?[/p][/quote]Yeh sure he cant count he's drunk all the time ! TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 2

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