Leigh-On-Sea Town Council will be funding its own volunteer police officers as part of Essex Polices Community Specials scheme.
Under the scheme, the town council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will be designated to the Leigh Town Council area.
Today, Leigh-On-Sea Town Council and Superintendent Simon Anslow, lead for the Special Constabulary met at Leigh-On-Sea Community Centre to officially launch the scheme.
Leigh-On-Sea Council does not currently have any Specials signed up but are recruiting for up to five Community Specials to join the scheme soon. Applicants can apply via our website: www.essex.police.uk/specials.
Our Community Specials Constables will be volunteering a minimum of 16 hours each month in Leigh to target and disrupt anti-social behaviour, respond to community concerns and carry out high visibility foot patrols in the town. The Specials have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers.
Leigh-On-Sea Town Council will fund expenses that the Specials require to carry out their duties in the town and the scheme will form part of the councils plans to continue to keep the town area safe.
Superintendent Simon Anslow, lead for the Special Constabulary said: "Were delighted that Leigh Town Council has decided to work in partnership with us to increase the visible presence of police officers in the town. Dedicated Special Constables will bring something a little extra that will help deal with some of the really local issues. Wed love to see more people from the town put themselves forward to join up and support the policing in this vibrant part of the borough."
Leigh-On-Sea Town Clerk, Helen Symmons said: "Leigh-on-Sea Town Council is pleased to be able to support this scheme in our area and see the volunteer police officers helping to protect our community.
"It is something we have been working with Essex Police towards and are pleased to say weve made it happen. We are actively promoting the volunteer scheme and look forward to having up to five Specials joining us."
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: "We know that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build wellbeing and prosperity for all. This initiative is a great example of how by working together with local parish and town councils we can help communities keep safe.
"These fully warranted roles will also provide local people with the opportunity to make a huge contribution to the communities in which they live. Its really positive that Leigh Town Council has taken up this opportunity and Im looking forward to seeing it work in action. The public wants more local, visible and accessible policing and this will make a big difference to the people of Leigh."
Community Specials are committed to policing the area that pays for them. However where a critical incident occurs, for example a terrorist attack, the Community Special may be called on to help in another area of the county.
Find out more about becoming a Leigh-On-Sea Community Special Constable here.