Public concerns voiced at Police Authority meeting
PUBLISHED: 14:42 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010
THE long arm of the law reached out to embrace the people of Uttlesford at a meeting held on Tuesday (May 27). The annual public meeting of the Essex Police Authority (EPA) gave people in the district the opportunity to speak directly with senior police o
THE long arm of the law reached out to embrace the people of Uttlesford at a meeting held on Tuesday (May 27).
The annual public meeting of the Essex Police Authority (EPA) gave people in the district the opportunity to speak directly with senior police officers.
Chairman of the EPA Robert Chambers said the meeting went "extremely well" and produced some "very positive results".
Almost 40 people turned up to Bolford Street Hall, Thaxted, to put their concerns to Uttlesford's police chiefs.
"Policing in this area is getting better, but there is still a long way to go," said Mr Chambers. "This is the first time I have been to a public meeting of this type where the issue of police response times has not been mentioned. This is an encouraging sign."
Listening to the public's concerns were Uttlesford's most senior police officers, Chf Sup Graeme Bull and divisional commander Chf Insp Joe Wrigley. Members of the neighbourhood policing teams were also present including Insp Tom Boland, Insp Kevin Wakefield, Sgt Mick Ashton, PC Dawn Bamford and PC James Gilchrist.
"The meeting was certainly beneficial for the police and I hope it was for the public," said Mr Chambers. "A number of concerns were raised including youths who had been harassing an elderly man and the theft of diesel from outside fuel tanks, of which there have been eight incidents in the last couple of months.
Public engagement advisor for the EPA Jo van Zanten said other issues that were brought to the attention of the police by the public were neighbourhood policing, CCTV cameras, theft of metal and traffic offences.
"It was very pleasing to hear praise for the PCSOs," said Ms van Zanten. "There was a lot of information gleaned from the meeting and there will be clear actions from the police to address the concerns that were raised."
Mr Chambers said: "I think there is a realisation that policing is becoming more visible and there is a reduced fear of crime.
"I do think we need to make the most of the neighbourhood action panels and the information that is out there.