Police go walkabout in Grays next week

FIND out how crime is being tackled in Thurrock from the people who make the decisions – The Thurrock Community Safety Partnership.

Partnership board members, led by Chair Supt Ivor Harvey, will be in Grays town centre on Thursday, February 24th to meet residents and answer their questions.

Supt Harvey said: “We want to hear from people about their real experiences and feelings around crime and how safe they feel in Thurrock.

“We are working hard to reduce crime in the borough and figures are falling but it is only from getting first hand details from people who live and work in the borough that we can understand the true feeling of things which are important and things we need to further improve.”

Throughout the day there will be events and attractions highlighting individual members of the prtnership and the work they do.

Essex Police will be available to answer questions about policing priorities and visitors will be able to see mounted police officers on patrol and the Tactical Support Team’s car made famous in television programme Police Interceptors.

A dramatic and realistic demonstration of a chip pan fire will be recreated by Essex Fire and Rescue Service who will be on hand with fire safety advice and information.

Other information will be provided around illegal money lending, OASIS and Open Door drug and alcohol advice and the Vitality health and well being bus. There will also be entertainment and giveaways for children and adults.

The Meet the People event will be in Grays High Street, Grays Shopping Centre and Morrisons’ car park between 10am and 3pm.

Alongside the event a Partner Walkabout Day will also take place in and around the town centre. The highly successful events allow residents and members of the community to raise concerns direct with officers. Flyers and postcards are distributed before the event to allow problems to be highlighted – then on the Walkabout Day as many of these issues as possible are solved immediately.

Thurrock Council Crime and Disorder Portfolio Holder, Councillor Gerard Rice, added: “Partner Walkabout Days offer us the chance to target concerns and solve them quickly as well as understand the things that really trouble our residents. It is only by getting out on the streets that we can get to the root of problems and do something about them.”

As part of the Walkabout Day litter and fly-tipping will be targeted by street cleaning teams working alongside Essex Probation Community Payback. New litter bins will also be installed in the town centre.

Essex Police will patrol together with Youth and Connexions and 14-19 Youth Team and Trading Standards will visit retailers and carry out test purchasing operations with young volunteers.

Commuters will get their chance to comment on issues in Grays with members of the Community Safety Partnership at Grays Station during the morning rush hour.

Anyone who lives or works in Grays who would like to raise an issue to be addressed during the Walkabout Day should email details to safer.thurrock@thurrock.gov.uk.

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