Thurrock Community Policing team news article
By PCSO JoJo Mitchell
JULY has been another busy month for the team, with numerous community engagements, policing operations and partnership working.
The Stanford music festival took place on July 1, and several members of our team, including some of our special constables, assisted with the event. We also had some of our Volunteer police cadets and ‘Active citizens’ on hand to engage with members of the community and to promote the schemes.
Also on July 1 PCSO Jackie Middleton had the pleasure of attending the EID celebrations at the Holy Cross Church Hall, to mark the end of Ramadan with some of South Ockendon’s Muslim community. The event was well received and PCSO Middleton said that she “felt so welcomed and accepted”, but failed to bring back any food for her colleagues!
On July 5 PC’s Andy Cayless, Neil Brand and Paul Armstrong assisted Thurrock Council’s social care with an eviction from a property where it was believed someone was staying at the address of a vulnerable person without their permission.
PCSO’s Billy Page and Macdonald Neife located a stolen moped in Chafford Hundred on July 6, less than 24 hours after it had been stolen from London. The moped was recovered and returned to its relieved owner.
Operation Railroad took place on July 7, with PC’s Paul Armstrong, Adam Colbear, Andy Cayless and Martin Hadfield assisting our Operation Raptor teams with ANPR stops, during which arrests were made for theft, gang-related crime and other offences.
PC Andy Cayless met with a persistent offender and their probation officer on July 10, the meeting was an attempt to take a different approach to explain the effects of the offenders’ actions in order to deter their behaviour.
PC’s Rob Watts and Paul Glensman completed a patrol with Thurrock Council’s Kingdom enforcement officers in Grays high street on July 13, enforcing the PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) and dealing with offenders appropriately. It is early days but working together will help Police and partner agencies tackle the issue of street drinkers in the high street and the associated anti-social behaviour. We are confident you will start to see some results soon.
PCSO’s Laura Coombes and JoJo Mitchell attended the annual ‘Party in the park’ event at Jubilee Gardens on 15 July, alongside a representative from the Thurrock volunteer Police cadets. The event supported various charities, and raised around £2000 for causes including the Grenfell fire victims.
Also on July 15 PC Paul Glensman and Special Constables Dave Foster and Claire Fox managed to get a quad bike seized after a fail to stop incident, and the driver of the quad bike was arrested by SC Foster for theft. Congratulations to SC Foster on your first arrest in your role as an Essex Police special constable.
Essex Police’s knife amnesty initiative, Operation Sceptre, hit Thurrock on July 17, with a knife bin going into Grays police station and PC’s Paul Armstrong, Adam Colbear and Neil Brand doing proactive work to combat knife crime.
PCSO Jackie Middleton attended a scam awareness presentation on July 18 at a deaf and blind group in Stanford Le Hope, alongside our Community safety crime prevention tactical advisor Alan Twine, and an officer from Thurrock council’s trading standards, giving crime prevention advice and discussing crime trends and known scams.
Our Thurrock volunteer police cadets were out with PC’s Rob Watts and Paul Glensman on July 22, assisting the Fearless.Org group with their anti-knife crime initiative in Grays high street. The team were talking to people about the dangers of knife crime and promoting safety.
Our next local community meeting is on August 3 at Crown Court, Newton Road, Tilbury from 7pm-8pm. This is a public meeting where local officers are pairing with a representative from the Port of Tilbury Police to discuss local initiatives and policing priorities.
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