Reports From Our March 2021 Meeting

These are the reports which we have received so far  related to the March 2021 online meeting with some notes about districts where the reports have yet to arrive.

Chairman's Report
Tha Chairman's reports both to and from the meeting are in the online filing cabinet. The link above points to Clive's report TO the meeting..

Finance Report
The above link is to Mike Hooper's report to the March 2021meeting. There was again some discussion about how districts are helping teams by using their official bank accounts to move money from awards and to payments .

PFCC briefing
The above link is to a substantial report that Darren Horsman presented to the meeting. In respose to a question, he confirmed that he should still be in post and attending our meetings even after the PFCC election which happens before our next meeting.

Police Report
The above report was by Jeff Appleby, whose responsibilities include volunteers and Special Constables

Crimestoppers

Here is a summary until we receive some notes from Stuart Rawlings
Stuart  gave a packed presentation listing many Crimestoppers campaigns and reporting a healthy 25% increase in reports about burglary and 9% on fly tipping,.Reports had gone down in some areas not necessarily due to Covid, with 3600 people reporting at least one crime.
Campaigns included:-
Closed to Crime - aimed at businesses
Project Fearless launches next week on Snapchat and Instagram to 120 schools in Essex
May Campaign on serious vilence
June on Acquisition crime, working with NHW.
Stuart is also working on the idea of Community Ambassadors started by his predessor. The plan is to have many local ambassadors for Crimestoppers in community organisations, helped by  leaflets that Stuart will provide

Plus, from the Districts (click where underlined)::-

Basildon
At Basildon, Clive Woodward has done further work liaising with Essex Highways and their new requirement for future street signs not to exceed A4 size. Click for the link above for his full report.

Braintree - Celia's report was presented by Clive Stewart

Brentwood - Peter Salmon's report

Castle Point
John Scott reported low levels of activity, but that a cyber presentation had gone down very well and that people were using an "Interact location" app.

Chelmsford

Steve Leverett reported low levels of activity locally, but some good successes with Whatsapp groups, one used extensively by the police and another 14 in parishes or sections of towns used for reporting specific activities like drug dealing and cars driving around looking at houses. The police value all these highly, as they passinformation to the police.

Steve has also been liaising with Mandy about joining Maldon  District with Chelmsford

Colchester
Graham Stehle submitted the interesting report highlighted to click above

Over at Mersea Island, Peter Rudlin reported the local Whatsapp groups were being successful in reporting drug dealing activities, particularly around the quays to the police. They have scheduled their first meeting on the style of "Coffee with the Cops" although in this case, with Fire an Rescue.

Epping Forest
Mike Compton reported that the Wheely Bin stickers initiative had been very successful. Police have been producing newsletters for different districts.

Clive Stewart thanked Mike for his effors in finally clearing up the issue of a member who refused to comply with NHW ethics and had banned three members and the whole of a Parish Council from local membership.. Sadly Mike reported that when the obstructive member finally walked out, he refused to hand over his list of 80 members of his "NHW" Facebook group. Hopefully many may have registered with National NHW, Epping Forest may have lost members  as a result.

Harlow

Sarah reported that she has yet to contact Janine, but she does have a very helpful Police contact that she can call when needed.
She reported a trickle of new members and that they plan to start Street Meets again from April

Maldon
Mandy reported that sadly the district had lost many of its elderly members, and as a result is liaising with Steve Leverett about a merger with Chelmsford. Mandy strongly expressed the opinion that Whatsapp groups are much better than Facebook ones, as they are more private and unhelpful potsings can be quickly deleted.

Rochford
Mike Hooper reported that with access to their police station office unavailable due to covid-19 restrictions, Rochford were not really opertaing at present.

Southend
Alan Norman reported that Southend is getting some leaflets issued despite him being unwell at present.

Uttlesford

No report this time