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Issued: March 22, 2019

Policing issues raised at public meeting
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A public meeting to give local residents the chance to air their views over local policing has been held by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council.

The meeting was organised in the wake of growing concerns from residents over rising incidents of crime in Buckhurst Hill.

District councillor Aniket Patel arranged the meeting in Buckhurst Hill Library on Wednesday, March 13, to discuss the primary issues of concern.

He was joined by county councillor Valerie Metcalfe and district councillor Jo Share-Bernia with the meeting attended by District Police Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford who spoke about a range of topics from police resources to knife crime and parking issues.

Mr Basford explained how recently increased funding to Essex Police has led to an expansion in the numbers of frontline officers across the district, as well as extra PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) and Special Constables.

He also outlined how Essex Police will be addressing issues such as knife crime (Operation Sceptre), drug dealing, legal 'highs' and general anti-social behaviour by working closely with British Transport Police and neighbouring forces on joint operations.

Mr Basford also emphasised the importance of intelligence gathering and stressed that all crime incidents should be reported as this helps officers target 'black-spots' of criminal activity. 

He was also confident the extra police presence will pay dividends in terms of more arrests and deterring crime generally.

Mr Basford answered queries relating to issues such as pavement parking and explained the complexities that currently exist in tackling inconsiderate parking and how soon to be implemented changes in powers to PCSOs and Parking Enforcement Officers may go some way to addressing the problem.

The meeting concluded with a Q&A session when Mr Basford responded to more specific local issues.

Speaking after the meeting, councillor Patel said: "I’m grateful to Chief Inspector Basford for working with me in arranging the meeting and listening to the views of Buckhurst Hill residents on crime. 

"I’ve questioned Mr Basford at district council scrutiny panels, where we have received presentations on policing within Epping Forest, and I find that he answers questions honestly and sincerely, even if his answers are not what we want to hear. 

"I am warmed to hear his vision of what community policing should look like and I look forward to working with him to ensure the residents of the Epping Forest district are kept safe.”
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