RESIDENTS living in Thurrock and the wider area have the chance to raise their concerns and questions about policing in the county at the next Essex Police Challenge event.
The event, which was devised by Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Nick Alston, aims to give members of the public the chance to raise any concerns about policing and crime in Essex with the PCC and the county’s Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh.
It forms a crucial part of the PCC’s role in scrutinising the work of police and holding the force to account.
The next event will take place in Thurrock on Thursday December 11.
It will see the Chief Constable give an update on the performance of Essex Police. Other topics on the agenda include sickness levels in the force and road policing in the borough, including recent operations and a dispersal order targeting nuisance cruisers.
Members of the public will also be given the chance to direct questions to the PCC and Chief Constable.
Mr Alston said: "The Essex Police Challenge gives the public a unique opportunity to pose questions to both myself and the Chief Constable simultaneously about crime and policing in their neighbourhood and county.
"They will also have the chance to see me publicly scrutinise the performance and work of Essex Police –a fundamental and key part of my role.
"I would urge everyone to submit questions and attend to see democracy and scrutiny in local policing in action.”
Everyone is invited to attend the Essex Police Challenge event which starts at 7.30pm and ends at 9.30pm at Grays Community Hall, 64 Maidstone Road, RM17 6NF.
To submit a question for the PCC and/or Chief Constable write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at 3 Hoffmanns Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GU or alternatively email: EssexPoliceChallenge@essex.pnn.police.uk
Nick Alston will aim to answer as many questions submitted as in the allocated time.
The Essex Police Challenge events are recorded, and a complete video of each meeting is placed on our website http://www.essex.pcc.police.uk/
For more details call the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on: 01245 291600 or visit www.essex.pcc.police.uk