THERE is a lot of responsibility on crime reporting. It is important for the press not to give the impression that the streets of Thurrock are anarchic but it is is also important, not to simply churn out the government spin without having a hard look at the stats.
When senior officers tell you that the streets are a lot safer than they were twenty years ago, then they are saying that genuinely. What we see now is a lot more “smart thinking”. When you see Operation BrightShadow down one street, then a PCSO riding their bike down another. When you see a pub taken to Grays Magistrates court for using illegal decoders on their televisions and then the work of the Interceptors on the A13, you appreciate that there is a lot of policing going on in Thurrock and it would be lazy journalism to either portray officers chained to their desks or not having control of the streets.
YourThurrock spoke to Insp Jon Burgess about the recent challenges and commitments in his patch, which covers Tilbury, Corringham and Stanford.