Funding for Policing and Fire & Rescue Services

1. Funding for Policing and Fire & Rescue Services


Message from Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex

This survey is to gather your views on what you think of investing in both Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

We want to see less crime in Essex. With your support, we have invested in Essex Police. By March 2022, there will be more than 700 more police in Essex than there were in 2016.

This investment in Essex Police has been used to prevent crime. Incidents of burglary, anti-social behaviour and theft have all fallen in recent years and drug driven violence is starting to show a decline too.

We know we need to do more. We hear it loud and clear as we talk to communities across the county. During the summer we spoke to more than 1000 people across our county to develop our new Police and Crime Plan. They supported our ambition to get crime down, focus on prevention, protect the vulnerable and support victims. To achieve this, we need to complete our programme of investment and ensure that our Chief Constable and his officers have the support and resources needed to get crime down.

By investing in Essex Police, you will help us to do more to prevent crime, have stronger neighbourhood policing and an even stronger focus on tackling drug driven violence and gangs. It will also help us support the victims of crime and protect those most vulnerable from becoming victims.

Our Fire and Rescue Service is also doing a great job, preventing harm, protecting those most at risk and providing an effective response to incidents.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is working hard to increase its Fire Protection Capability to provide an effective response to the increased risk identified in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. It is also focused on improving its capacity to effectively prevent fires, investing in training resources for our firefighters, recruiting and retaining our on-call firefighters and ensuring that prevention is at the heart of everything it does.

Additional investment in the above areas would allow the Service to do more for the communities we serve.

We know that there are financial challenges and that any increase in funding must be judged carefully, however, we also know that families, communities and businesses want safe and secure communities where they can live their lives safe from harm and where businesses can thrive.

Thank you for your time completing this survey. It will really help us when it comes to setting our budgets and the Council Tax precepts for policing and fire and rescue services for next year.

Roger Hirst
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex

All responses from this survey will be collated and summarised as part of the final report. Individual people will not be identified, and your name will not be mentioned in any reports that we write for this purpose. You don’t have to take part if you do not want to - this is a voluntary activity.

Under the Data Protection Act we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. The information will only be used for the purposes of informing our policing and fire and rescue service strategy and how to fund it. The data will not be kept longer than is necessary to do so, up to a maximum of five years. We will not share your personal details with any other agency unless we have concerns that you or another individual may be at risk of harm or if it is required by law. We do not collect personal information for commercial purposes.

If you choose to provide your contact details so we can keep you informed of the work of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, we will store your details and where necessary share your details with third parties for this purpose.


1. Do you live, work, study or travel in Essex?