Leigh-on-Sea will be welcoming its first Community Special Constable.
Teacher William Imbush has lived in the area for most of his life and when he’s not teaching, he plays football in local leagues, and also enjoys racquet sports and running.
He said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Community Special Constable in Leigh-on-Sea.
“I have lived here for most of my life and I take pride in being part of the town.
“The community spirit and culture has always stood out.
“I have taken on this role to ensure that Leigh-on-Sea continues to have a visible police presence to ensure it keeps the reputation of being a safe and friendly town.
“I look forward to serving the local community and establishing strong relationships."
Volunteer police officers under the Community Special Constable scheme work closely with their own sponsoring town and parish councils, which fund all the expenses incurred for duties performed within their area.
They are committed to policing the area which pays for them, to identify and address local issues of concern. However, if a major incident occurs, they may be called on to help in another area of the county.
Special Constable Imbush is being sponsored by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council.
Town Council Chairman, Councillor Doug Cracknell, said: “We recognise that it is no mean feat to get through the initial training and make the grade and witnessing William’s attestation was a reminder of the importance the volunteer Specials make to the wider police service.”
Town Clerk Helen Symmons said: “The council is delighted to welcome its first Community Special Constable.
“We were one of the first to sign up to this countywide initiative for town and parish councils back in 2018 and it still remains a service that the current administration is passionate about delivering, so we are thrilled that William wishes to serve his community.
“The council will be giving William as much support as possible to help him start building community relationships and understand local issues ready for when he officially starts his role.
“We also have another volunteer awaiting a course date and hope in due course a second Community Special Constable will be able to join William.”
Southend District Commander Chief Inspector Ian Hughes said: “Over the last few months there have been some issues in Leigh and Old Leigh with anti-social behaviour and violent crime, which has been caused by a small minority of people spoiling the area for the wider community.
“Neither we nor residents and our partners will tolerate this and we’ve been working together as a community to take action against troublemakers and criminals.
“At a time when community policing has never been so important, it is fantastic that Leigh Town Council has supported the introduction of William into their community to help people, keep people safe and to catch criminals.
“Partnership working is so important and William will play a key role in building close relationships within the community to understand and address what matters most to residents.”
Jenny Brouard, Essex Police Citizens in Policing commander, added: “I’d like to wish William all the best in his role, and to thank Leigh-on-Sea Town Council for their support and great partnership working with Essex Police.”
Special Constables are volunteers who have the same full police powers, uniform and equipment and work alongside their regular colleagues attending and dealing with a wide variety of incidents. Community Special Constables work almost exclusively in their sponsoring parish concentrating on issues specific to that area.
We are always looking for more volunteers to join the Special Constabulary, whether they want to become a Community Special Constable dedicated to their local town or parish or police a little further afield.