Kemi Badenoch, the Member of Parliament for the Saffron Walden constituency, has welcomed the nine new officers that have taken up their places on streets across Uttlesford.
“When I was elected I promised constituents to deliver more officers for our local area. The effort put-in to achieve this is paying off and I can announce that the local policing team in Braintree and Uttlesford now have nine more officers, with another 12 to come.
“It is vital that neighbourhoods and businesses across our constituency can feel safe and protected and this is undoubtedly encouraging news and a move in the right direction.
“I know that residents have also been concerned by traveller sites in the area, so I am also glad that there will be an additional seven officers to help tackle rural crime across Essex.
“I commend Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington and Essex Police on their work and I look forward to building on this positive news.”
In the last year, Essex Police has grown and now has a strength of 3062 full-time equivalent officers – 59 more than originally planned.
Further investment means there are plans to grow Essex Police and bring officer numbers up to 3218, an increase of 368 in total over 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.