368 extra police officers have been added to the Essex Force, a new local policing team is now active in Chelmsford City Centre, prioritising knife crime, drugs and anti social behaviour.
Following the Governments announcement in October 2019 - the target number of additional officers for Essex in the first year is 135 extra officers https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-announces-first-wave-of-20000-police-officer-uplift
Delivering Safer Streets has always been a top priority.
I campaigned with other Essex MP's for additional resources for Essex Police. New Police Community Support Officers have been recruited in Chelmsford, especially in the City Centre, and a new Policing Hub has been opened which enables our police to work more closely with CCTV operations and other teams.
I meet regularly with our police officers and others working to reduce crime, including Neighbourhood Watch representatives across Chelmsford. I often raise their questions and suggestion with government ministers.
In Westminster we have been working to strengthen laws on carrying knives and other offensive weapons, to combat domestic violence and protect victims and to address on-line harms in order to make sure that people are as safe on line as they are in off line. I have also supported the new laws against Upskirting and FGM in order to protect women.