28 February 2019 - The Communities Committee last night (Wednesday 27 February) agreed to support Essex Police by investing £150,000 into the training and employment of three full-time police officers annually for the next two years.

The additional Community Policing Team officers will respond to the priorities identified in the Safer Basildon Partnership Strategy, which was approved at Full Council in July 2018. These include tackling gangs and drug related crime, burglary, anti-social behaviour and knife crime.

Cllr Andy Barnes, Chairman of the Communities Committee, added: "We are committed to working with our partners to shape a borough where people are happy and healthy, and we understand that cracking down on crime is key to achieving this.

"In order to meet the priorities set out in the Safer Basildon Strategy, a robust response is needed as issues arise. We know that a lack of resources can have an effect on the immediacy of action, which is why we are putting money into tackling crime and increasing community safety."

District Commander, Temporary Chief Inspector Steve Parry, added: "This is a really generous offer. I am really excited for the future of the Safer Basildon Partnership.

"When combined with the increased uplift of six officers as a result of the recent precept increase, the Community Policing Team will be better resourced to tackle key issues and alongside its partners make Basildon a safer place."