Epping Forest District Council have provided an online reporting point where people can report non-emergency crimes and minor traffic collisions to Essex Police.
A computer terminal has been installed in the reception area in the civic offices, High Street, Epping, for members of the public to access Essex Police’s website and online reporting services.
Access to other reporting services
The terminal will also provide residents with access to our reporting services for issues such as fly tipping, noise nuisance, missed bin collections, benefit fraud and links to Essex County Council where highways issues can be reported. The front counters of both Epping and Loughton police stations closed to the public in April this year. Loughton remains an operational base.
Chief Inspector, Denise Morrissey said: ”We know people have an emotional attachment with their local police stations. They provide a reassuring, visible presence in the community.”
”However the reality is that many, including Epping, were greatly under-used by the public and we cannot afford to keep buildings open which are expensive to maintain at a time when we are having to make huge financial savings.”
”We also need to modernise the way in which the public can contact us. Many people prefer to report non-emergency collisions and crimes online and our new website allows this.”
”Thanks to our partners at Epping Forest District Council people can now walk into the council offices and use this computer terminal to access information about Essex Police and our online reporting services whilst going about their other daily business.”
”However we would still encourage people who need us in an emergency or who are in immediate danger to dial 999.”
Computer access point – a real bonus
Councillor Gary Waller, portfolio holder for Safer, Greener and Transport at Epping Forest District Council said: “Anyone with a home computer or smart phone can access the Essex Police website anywhere, but for the significant number of local residents still offline, or for those visiting the town who are away from their computer or device, the computer access point at Epping Forest District Council will be a real bonus.”
”Residents will be able to report non-emergency crimes whenever the offices are open. We are not the police and our office is not a police station, but I hope people will appreciate the ability to drop in and use our facilities when the need arises.”
Convenient way to contact Essex Police
Roger Hirst, Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex said: ”I welcome the provision of this access point in the heart of the Epping community, and thank the district council for their close working with Essex Police.”
”I encourage everyone to report crime and anti-social behaviour to police and partner agencies. You can also use the terminal to report minor traffic collisions. I hope you find this facility in Epping’s civic offices provides a valuable and convenient additional means of contacting your police force.”
Online reporting point
Reception staff are trained to assist people who may need help using the computer terminal. The online reporting point will be available to the public during the civic offices opening hours
- 9am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday
- 9am to 5pm on Friday
- Closed on Saturday and Sunday