Discussions have been taking place with Essex police for Thurrock Council to fund a team of police officers who will focus on targeting anti-social behaviour (ASB) across the borough.
Councillor Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said “I’ve been having discussions with Essex Police since June this year about working together to have a team of police officers funded by the council working across the borough, to increase the visibility of police across
Thurrock and to increase capacity to tackle the blight of ASB.”
Local residents in the area have been complaining about the lack of visible police in areas such as Grays and the increase in anti social behaviour.
One local resident who did not wish to be named, told The Enquirer: “There are certain parts of Grays town centre that I don’t go to as there are often drunks standing around in the middle of the day abusing people as they walk by. This is really good news and I’m pleased that we will get to see the police again on our streets.”
Councillor Gledhill added “I want to reassure residents that I am taking steps to increase police presence across our borough.
“This isn’t a reaction to recent events, but an ongoing piece of work which has been in the pipeline for some months.
“Once recruited it could mean a potential of up to eight new police officers that would solely operate across Thurrock. This would be entirely separate to the extra officers promised by the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner.”
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner said: “Through the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership the Police and Thurrock Council have a proven record of working together to tackle the issues that matter most to the community. This additional investment will further build on the strong partnership already in place and make a real difference for the residents of Thurrock.”