New Safer Communities Team

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Epping Forest District Council`s Safer Communities Team has grown. The role of this team is to work in partnership with other agencies such as Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service to reduce crime and disorder.

A total of six officers make up the team. Caroline Wiggins Safer Communities Manager said: Epping Forest District Council has acknowledged the need for closer multi-agency working and we are now in a position where we can lead on key crime and disorder initiatives.

The original team consisted of Caroline Wiggins, Paul Gardener, who co-ordinates operations to tackle crime and disorder and Daniel Bond, who deals with the district`s graffiti removal. It has now expanded to include three new members of staff. Adrian Petty, the CCTV Operations Officer, will manage the District`s existing CCTV as well as oversee all new installations. He said: This is an exciting time to join the Council and I hope to provide a common sense and proportionate CCTV response for the District.

Two anti-social behaviour investigators, Paul Southgate and Katie Sparks, have also been recruited, who both have Local Authority and Police backgrounds. They will work closely with Essex Police, Harlow Youth Offending Service and the Council`s Neighbourhood Officers.

Councillor Syd Stavrou Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder said: We recognised this team plays a key role in co-ordinating and delivering partnership activities aimed at tackling crime and disorder. We wanted to ensure the Safer Communities Team had the necessary staff to do this and support the Council`s Safer, Cleaner, Greener agenda.

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