Community Special Constables Scheme
We are really pleased that Witham Town Council was the first local council to ‘go live’ with the Community Special Constables Scheme. This was the first such scheme in Essex (and possibly the first of its kind in the country).
This was the result of close co-operation between Essex Police and Witham Town Council over a long period of time and sees the Council funding any expenses for our volunteer police officers to be based in the town.
The development forms part of the Town Council’s 4-point attack on crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
Recruitment of local special constables
Extending and link up of CCTV throughout Witham
Help residents to self-help with advice and information
Promotion of resident’s associations across the town alongside existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
The Community Special Constable scheme was launched in June 2018, with a media event at Witham Town Hall, to celebrate the occasion. This also formed part of Essex Police’s National Volunteers Week, which was part of a big media campaign for Essex Police to recruit more volunteers.
Each Special will volunteer a minimum of 16 hours each month in Witham to target and disrupt anti-social behaviour, respond to community concerns and carry out high visibility foot patrols in the town. The Specials have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers.
SP Sgt Simon Jesse was interviewed by BBC Essex at our Coronation Music Festival. Click to listen to him explain why he became a Community Special Officer for Essex Police, and why you should too.
Essex Police Community Beat Surgery Dates
Essex Police hold a regular Tuesday Community Beat Surgery at Witham Information Centre where you can pop along and chat to an officer about any concerns you may have. Dates for 2023 are:
16th May 3-4.30pm 30th May 10-12 noon 20th June 3-4.30pm 27th June 10-12 noon
4th July 10-12 noon 18th July 3-4.30pm 1st Aug 10-12 noon 22nd Aug 3-4.30pm
5th Sept 10-12 noon 19th Sept 3-4.30pm 3rd Oct 10-12 noon 24th Oct 3-4.30pm
7th Nov 10-12 noon 21st Nov 3-4.30pm 5th Dec 10-12 noon
In June 2023 we celebrated five years since the launch of the Police Specials Scheme. We currently have three fully qualified Police Specials in Witham, and funding available for a further two.
Should you be interested in being a part of the Community Special Constable Scheme, please visit: www.essex.police.uk/join-the-police/special-constabulary/ or email: email@example.com
Essex Police Recognition Awards
On Wednesday 18th January, Essex Police held their first Recognition evening for the Braintree & Uttlesford Special Constable team. It was a great evening with most of the team there celebrating the achievements of 2022.
The district's special constables volunteered 14,573 hours in 2022.
Winner of the officer who has made the biggest contribution to the Specials team in 2022 as voted for by his regular colleagues was SC Charlie Watts. Charlie volunteered the largest number of hours in the team last year as well.
Winner of the Community Special Constable award was Sp Sgt Simon Jesse. Simon has made a real impact in Witham since 2018 when the CSC Role began and is very well known by the residents of Witham. Sp Sgt Jesse also won the Community Contribution Award. Congratulations Simon.
Acting Sp Chief Insp Lorne Campbell and Sp Sgt Simon Jesse received their 5 year service awards and recognised for all the hours they contributed during 2022.
Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers. They have the same police powers, uniforms and equipment as regular Police Officers but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis.