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Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Roger Hirst

If re-elected as Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner I will ensure that Essex Police sees more investment in its capability to prevent crime and get crime down, and that Essex Fire & Rescue is supported to protect people and prevent fires, flood hazards and road traffic collisions. I will provide funding for an additional 300 police officers, on top of the 500 we have already added.

Burglary, theft and robbery are coming down now. Domestic and sexual abuse and harassment must be tackled, so that women and girls are safer and do not have to live in fear. I want to see a continued crack down on drug-driven violence and gangs.

Making our roads safer is important to all of our residents. We must see more patrols, and work with other agencies to educate and protect all road users. I will continue to support Community Speed Watch, and Fire & Rescue in their role to educate drivers and riders.

Volunteers play an important role in keeping our county safe. We now have over 500 Special Constables, making us the second largest Special Constabulary in the country. We will expand further.

Rural communities can be particularly isolated and vulnerable. I will ensure that Police and Fire & Rescue protect those in rural areas and keep businesses safer and free from crime.

To make our county safer we need to make a strategic commitment to prevention, a shift in main effort from rapid response into a model of targeted prevention and early intervention. We need to help and protect those who are vulnerable and at risk, and work in partnership with our communities to identify where people are most exposed and keep them safe.

Prepared by A Jefferies on behalf of Roger Hirst both of 799 London Road, Grays, RM20 3LH

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