Residents Offered Free Security Advice

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An exciting new initiative offering free security advice has been launched by the Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership.

Residents considering making improvements to their security will be able to request a free survey from experienced officers by contacting the Councils Safer Communities Team.

The free independent security advice is being offered to all householders in the district by Essex Police together with Epping Forest District Council.

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Community Safety and Transport Portfolio holder Syd Stavrou said: This is a practical initiative designed to help residents with their security. The advice is free and impartial from two officers who have over 60 years of policing experience between them. We hope that by introducing this as a service we will prevent residents falling victim to crime.

Chief Inspector Alan Ray District Police Commander for Epping Forest District said: This is a very good partnership initiative, fittingly launched during Not in my Neighbourhood week. These officers have been carrying out joint security surveys for some time when crimes have occurred and they have proved very reassuring with householders. This initiative will extend this service to a wider group of residents.

Meet the Team

Tony Ellis

Tony Ellis, Essex Police Crime Reduction OfficerEssex Police Crime Reduction Officer

Tony joined Essex Police in 1966 where he worked as an operational officer in Thurrock until being promoted to Sergeant and moving to Ongar in 1977.

Tony has spent most of his 30 years service stationed in the Epping Forest District he has a very good local knowledge of the area. He became a Crime Reduction Officer with Essex Police in 1998 and has worked in that role ever since.

Paul Gardener

Paul Gardener, Epping Forest District Council Safer Communities OfficerEpping Forest District Council Safer Communities Officer

Paul joined Essex Police in 1976 and was posted to Epping in 1978 after working at Basildon. He worked most of his career in the Epping Forest District.

Paul has been involved in local community policing and was trained at the Home Office Crime Prevention Centre. He served on a number of specialist departments before retiring from Essex Police in 2006 and joining the Epping Forest District Council Safer Communities Team.

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