I must also say welcome to our exhibitors:- Crimestoppers, Trading Standards, Essex & Kent Police Cyber Crime Speedy Banners, Kempco Printers , Essex Fire & Rescue.
Please can you do your best to have a chat with them in our breaks today as I am sure the information will be of great interest and useful.
A special thanks to our Executives who have so many ECNWA “jobs” :-
Roger Passfield , Peter Salmon, Mike Hooper and Colin Freeman and we do appreciate his very famous Blogs.
Also thanks to Peter Fisk who manages our excellent website
John Metcalfe who audits our accounts.
May I also thank Tony Davis our photographer.
Finally thanks to each and everyone of you as District Co-ordinators , your Deputies , your Area Co-ordinators and your members for all your activities raising the profile of Neighbourhood Watch.
Working so well together does keep every community feel safer.
You are all tremendous doing what you can with the time you have.
This past year has certainly been busy and the time has flown by.
There were great highlights and actions and these are a few :-
Jane Gardner ,Deputy Police Fire & Crime Commissioner agreeing to fund the printing of 38,000 of our first Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Members Guides.
Each District received a minimum of 2,000 Members Guides to distribute to their members and I had created the email version too. The Members Guides have had many compliments, especially from Roger Hirst, The Police Fire & Crime Commissioner and Jane Gardner (Deputy PF&CC), Senior Essex Police Officers, National Neighbourhood Watch and many of our partners too.
I was also delighted with all those who supported the Guide by providing tremendous contributions.
I set a tight deadline on the completion of it ( from late November to mid December ) and this was achieved. Special thanks to Phil Stewart who designed the Members Guides for the printers at no cost to ourselves or The Office of Police Fire & Crime Commissioners.
We cannot forget the meeting with Essex Police Chief Constable Mr. B.J Harrington at Police Headquarters in January.
I would like to say how much “Visibility Policing” has been welcomed by everyone and we can see what a success it has achieved by all the activities of our Neighbourhood Policing teams of which we have been made aware of through all social media apps as well as normal media eg: television, local radio , and newspapers.- many thanks to Essex Police.
Later this year they will be advising us of their future plans of “Essex Community Messaging” system and in the meantime I would like you all to encourage your members to use many social Apps to receive up to date information from the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams including Facebook and Twitter - which even I have become a user!
In the past year I had meetings with Jane Gardner, to update her on our activities and how we use the funding we receive from them each year and this is the least we can do.
I attended Force Tasking meetings at Police Headquarters, and I am made very welcome.
Each Neighbourhood Watch District has had excellent working relationships with their local Neighbourhood Policing teams and do receive regular Partnership Documents advising local crimes and crime prevention information.
During the year I signed a Partnership Agreement with Essex Fire & Rescue Service-which is important as they are now involved with crime prevention advice.
National Neighbourhood Watch changed the wording in their welcoming email to “New registrations” and those who state they are involved with Neighbourhood Watch in Essex are told that they MUST contact The Chairman of ECNWA to have their Neighbourhood Watch membership approved.
However we are not seeing as many responses as expected but my access to the National Neighbourhood Watch database has enabled me to keep each District Co-ordinator aware of each new registration as a “member” of even a “Co-ordinator”, so you can offer your support in setting up groups or just giving them your information .
I know many of you have told me how much you appreciate that information.
National Neighbourhood Watch sent us 20,000 Window stickers and each District received at least 1,000 – which was welcomed.
We also distributed 17,000 leaflets which reminded everyone how to lock their Upvc doors to accompany Essex Police operations to reduce dwelling house burglaries and we also distributed 2,000 No Cold Caller stickers.
Although I was interviewed by Dave Monk BBBC Radio Essex…. we should credit Steve Leverett ( Chelmsford) who was also on BBC Radio Essex on our behalf but at 07:00am on one morning … now that was dedication and many of us heard him on Iplay and he was brilliant!
Essex Police, local Community Safety Partnerships, Essex Association of Local Councils and many Essex District Councils have all given funds towards over 600 street signs which have been distributed by a number of District Co-ordinators throughout Essex.
In the last twelve months our membership has grown to over 122,450 as the Districts now include those who are on their Facebook Groups.
OUR OBJECTIVES FOR 2019/2020
Castlepoint District: I would like to thank Kevin Blake for all his help and support and we all must do what we can to help Roger Passfield , County Co-ordinator to arrange a Neighbourhood Watch meeting In Castlepoint and form a new Management Committee as soon as possible to find a new District Co-ordinator.
In the months ahead, our Executives and members of Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association, need to always support each Neighbourhood Watch District to increase membership throughout the County.
To continue working with Essex Police and all our partners in whatever way we can to keep our communities safe.
A FEW LAST THOUGHTS
You may not believe this but in 2020 we shall be celebrating 25 years as Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association and it would be great if we could plan something to recognise this great achievement.
Finally I need to you know that since the printing of my speech I have actually spoken to our President Geoff Ireland who was responsible for creating the Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association all those years ago and Geoff has confirmed to me that 2020 is its 25th Anniversary of the Association. Despite having very poor eyesight he is a strong character as always. I was delighted to have the opportunity to chat to him.
He told me that on 29th July he is celebrating his 92nd. Birthday now I am going to ask each and everyone of you here today to help me wish Geoff all the best on his 92nd birthday by signing this birthday card …please can you write what you can where ever you can on the card……now he may not know you all of course……but he will very much appreciate your kind thoughts!
Well that’s all I have to say at the moment but thank you all again for everything you do and all our partners who work with us to make our communities safer each day.