Yesterday was the official launch of the Community Special Scheme in Hullbridge which was attended by representatives from Essex Police including Superintendent Cat Barrie, Lead for the Special Constabulary and her colleagues and Inspector Cathy Calder, the Castle Point & Rochford Community Policing Team Inspector and Parish Councillors, they were joined by Roger Hirst, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner at Hullbridge Parish Counil Office. SC Dan O’Connell will volunteer a minimum of 16 hours each month in Hullbridge to target and disrupt anti-social behaviour, respond to community concerns and carry out high visibility foot patrols in the town. The Specials have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers. Dan has been a Hullbridge Community Special since April and the Parish Council and residents are already pleased with the outcome You can keep up to date by social media channels; Essex Police (www.twitter.com/EssexPoliceUK) and the Essex Police Special Constabulary (www.twitter.com/EssexSpecials).
Hullbridge Parish Council will fund up to three Specials for their expenses that they require to carry their duties in the village and the scheme will form part of our future plans to continue to keep the village area safe. Superintendent Cat Barrie, lead for the Special Constabulary said: “We’re delighted that Hullbridge Parish Council has decided to work in partnership with us to increase the visible presence of police officers in the town. Dedicated Special Constables will bring something a little extra that will help deal with some of the really local issues. We’d love to see more people from the town put themselves forward to join up and support policing in this vibrant part of the borough town." Parish Council Chairman Angelina Marriott said "Hullbridge Parish Council is really pleased to be participating and supporting the Community Special Policing Scheme to protect our community. We are delighted that Special Constable Dan O’Connell is volunteering his time to police Hullbridge and it is something that we have been working with Essex Police towards and are pleased to say we’ve made it happen. Dan has already made a great impression since he commenced on 1st April and it has had a positive impact on residents. We are actively promoting the volunteer scheme and are pleased the launch coincides with National Volunteers Week, we look forward to having up to three Specials joining us.” Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “We know that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build wellbeing and prosperity for all. This initiative is a great example of how by working together with local parish and town councils we can help communities keep safe. These fully warranted roles will also provide local people with the opportunity to make a huge contribution to the communities in which they live. It’s really positive that Hullbridge Parish Council has taken up this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing it work in action. The public wants more local, visible and accessible policing and this will make a big difference to the people of Hullbridge.”
Community Specials are committed to policing the area that pays for them. However where a critical incident occurs, for example a terrorist attack, the Community Special may be called on to help in another area of the county. Find out more about becoming a Hullbridge Parish Council Community Special Constable now: www.essex.police.uk/specials/hullbridge
Community Special Dan O'Connell
Welcomed to Hullbridge