By Calvin at 09:05 GMT, 5 years ago
Our friends in Essex Police are launching Essex Community Messaging (ECM) today.
People who register for the service will be sent up-to-date information about crime and community safety issues in their local area and crime prevention advice. Users will also be able to tailor their preferences to include issues such as rural crime and internet scams. Messages can be sent by police officers, PCSOs, Essex Watch Liaison Officers and Partners, such as Neighbourhood Watch volunteers.
The service is being funded using money seized through the Proceeds of Crime Act and by the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston.
PCC Nick Alston said:
"Essex Community Messaging will get key crime and crime prevention information out to communities faster than ever before.
“We need to help communities join Essex Police in the fight against crime.
“Whether it’s through reporting suspicious behaviour or learning about simple measures to take to prevent crime, [the service] will provide a crucial new channel for keeping our communities safe. I urge everyone to register now for Essex Community Messaging.”
TCPW Comment Essex Police are providing this new service for very practical and worthwhile reasons and we would encourage everyone in Essex to sign up. When crimes occur, gathering evidence as quickly as possible is crucial to a positive outcome and knowing, for example, that a burglary has just happened down your street enables you to take extra precautions, which we know reduces the number of repeat victimisations that often follow.
This is great news from Essex police and we wish them every success!
You can sign up here: http://www.essex.police.uk/contact_us/essex_community_messaging.aspx