50 more police officers to patrol Southend

Southend Standard: Southend’s district commander Simon Anslow Southend’s district commander Simon Anslow

SOUTHEND will be getting 50 new police officers after a shake-up of the force’s structure.

The town’s neighbourhood policing team will be boosted by about five sergeants and 45 to 50 constables, who will move in on September 1.

It means every shift in the borough will be boosted by about 10 policemen.

The additions are part of an overall plan to cut costs by £3million.

Across the county, 500 officers will be moved from response hubs and specialist teams to neighbourhood policing teams.

Southend’s district commander Simon Anslow is happy residents will see more officers on the beat.

He said: “I’m pleased, it’s good to have clarity over what the overall picture for Essex means for Southend.

“I think it’s really good because we have officers that have a far greater ownership of their area. They are accountable to me and I am more accountable to the local community of Southend.

“It’s good for Southend in that sense. The officers will take local ownership and have that feeling of pride to make things better for Southend.

“It gives greater flexibility and greater resource to deal with particular issues.”

Response to the average 130 daily calls to 999 from Southend residents will also now fall under the neighbourhood policing team.

He added: “At the moment we are responsible for uniform crime investigation but not response times. I will get additional resources, but I will be held to account in our ability to respond to 999 calls.”

Mr Anslow will be briefed on how the team will be organised next month. John Budge, treasurer of the Shoeburyness Residents’ Association, said he was pleased with the overall plan for local teams in Essex.

He said: “It’s really good news, we would love to see more bobbies on the beat.

“The more police that are seen around Southend the safer people feel.

“A few years ago, when they transferred the response away from Southend, lots of people thought it wasn’t as good.

“Bringing it back to Southend will mean the officers become part of an area more. They get to know people and it becomes more of interest to them. I hope it reinvigorates the force.”

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5:16pm Tue 27 May 14

Nebs says...

A welcome announcement.
A welcome announcement. Nebs
  • Score: 16

5:19pm Tue 27 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

A step back in the right direction for a safer society.

I hope that other towns in the area get more coppers pounding the pavement.
A step back in the right direction for a safer society. I hope that other towns in the area get more coppers pounding the pavement. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

5:46pm Tue 27 May 14

Jack222 says...

I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money!
I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money! Jack222
  • Score: -21

5:47pm Tue 27 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Wonderful news
Wonderful news CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 9

6:03pm Tue 27 May 14

chunkus04 says...

the story starts: "SOUTHEND will be getting 50 new police officers after a shake-up of the force’s structure."

errrr no it wont, it should say 50 police men and women will have new roles in southend... no new jobs have been created, just people being moved about!!!
the story starts: "SOUTHEND will be getting 50 new police officers after a shake-up of the force’s structure." errrr no it wont, it should say 50 police men and women will have new roles in southend... no new jobs have been created, just people being moved about!!! chunkus04
  • Score: 1

7:50pm Tue 27 May 14

abd123 says...

There are no extra staff, just juggling the existing ones around. Whoever thinks that police walking about reassuring people is better than them tackling reported crimes is misguided. Tackling existing crime requires lots of Police and there are not enough to have them idling down the street. Home Office research some years ago showed a foot patrol officer rarely saw a crime. They had no impact because criminals just waited until the coast was clear.
There are no extra staff, just juggling the existing ones around. Whoever thinks that police walking about reassuring people is better than them tackling reported crimes is misguided. Tackling existing crime requires lots of Police and there are not enough to have them idling down the street. Home Office research some years ago showed a foot patrol officer rarely saw a crime. They had no impact because criminals just waited until the coast was clear. abd123
  • Score: -7

9:07pm Tue 27 May 14

Im A Fuckiing Hero says...

Jack222 wrote:
I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money!
I agree. Then again, it will do them a bit of exercise. Usually all what they do is just drive around all day in their Ford Focus patrol car.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money![/p][/quote]I agree. Then again, it will do them a bit of exercise. Usually all what they do is just drive around all day in their Ford Focus patrol car. Im A Fuckiing Hero
  • Score: -5

8:11am Wed 28 May 14

pembury53 says...

abd123 wrote:
There are no extra staff, just juggling the existing ones around. Whoever thinks that police walking about reassuring people is better than them tackling reported crimes is misguided. Tackling existing crime requires lots of Police and there are not enough to have them idling down the street. Home Office research some years ago showed a foot patrol officer rarely saw a crime. They had no impact because criminals just waited until the coast was clear.
your absolutely right, it's little more than a PR exercise, and a few people may 'feel safer' as a result but it will have negligable impact on crime..... the real problem lies with the inertia in the legal process up to and including the courts, which are overwhelmed with endless theft and drug offences, which in many respects they are either uninterested in, or powerless to act, unless you build prisons faster than buy to lets......
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: There are no extra staff, just juggling the existing ones around. Whoever thinks that police walking about reassuring people is better than them tackling reported crimes is misguided. Tackling existing crime requires lots of Police and there are not enough to have them idling down the street. Home Office research some years ago showed a foot patrol officer rarely saw a crime. They had no impact because criminals just waited until the coast was clear.[/p][/quote]your absolutely right, it's little more than a PR exercise, and a few people may 'feel safer' as a result but it will have negligable impact on crime..... the real problem lies with the inertia in the legal process up to and including the courts, which are overwhelmed with endless theft and drug offences, which in many respects they are either uninterested in, or powerless to act, unless you build prisons faster than buy to lets...... pembury53
  • Score: -3

9:04am Wed 28 May 14

SLord90 says...

Jack222 wrote:
I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money!
haha, you're so pathetic!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money![/p][/quote]haha, you're so pathetic! SLord90
  • Score: 5

9:15am Wed 28 May 14

LightningJaques1 says...

Jack222 wrote:
I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money!
A pleasant walk? Have you never been to Southend High Street, The amount of crime from shoplifters to drinkers, especially with the summer months and school holidays approaching is huge. Southend has a specialised Town Beat section already plus PCSO's they are a valued and much needed police force for the town. More officers can only be a bonus.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money![/p][/quote]A pleasant walk? Have you never been to Southend High Street, The amount of crime from shoplifters to drinkers, especially with the summer months and school holidays approaching is huge. Southend has a specialised Town Beat section already plus PCSO's they are a valued and much needed police force for the town. More officers can only be a bonus. LightningJaques1
  • Score: 5

9:47am Wed 28 May 14

jayman says...

abd123 wrote:
There are no extra staff, just juggling the existing ones around. Whoever thinks that police walking about reassuring people is better than them tackling reported crimes is misguided. Tackling existing crime requires lots of Police and there are not enough to have them idling down the street. Home Office research some years ago showed a foot patrol officer rarely saw a crime. They had no impact because criminals just waited until the coast was clear.
Absolutely correct. the illusion of safety is a states greatest illusion. The police force represents less the 5% of the population. The military represents even less. though the security forces do a **** good job, if you want to know what keeps you safe at night, its your imagination or your ignorance. other than that, your on your own.
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: There are no extra staff, just juggling the existing ones around. Whoever thinks that police walking about reassuring people is better than them tackling reported crimes is misguided. Tackling existing crime requires lots of Police and there are not enough to have them idling down the street. Home Office research some years ago showed a foot patrol officer rarely saw a crime. They had no impact because criminals just waited until the coast was clear.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct. the illusion of safety is a states greatest illusion. The police force represents less the 5% of the population. The military represents even less. though the security forces do a **** good job, if you want to know what keeps you safe at night, its your imagination or your ignorance. other than that, your on your own. jayman
  • Score: -3

4:13pm Wed 28 May 14

Who gives a fuuck - Not Me says...

SLord90 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money!
haha, you're so pathetic!
I think your find YOUR the pathetic one. You must a55 lick the police so much. I bet you got them on speed dial.
[quote][p][bold]SLord90[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I'd prefer the police to do something useful rather than have them wander around having a pleasant walk; what a waste of money![/p][/quote]haha, you're so pathetic![/p][/quote]I think your find YOUR the pathetic one. You must a55 lick the police so much. I bet you got them on speed dial. Who gives a fuuck - Not Me
  • Score: -6

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