TWO Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) have been provided with identification bands as part of a Special Services Agreement between Essex Police and Essex based housing association, CHP.
The agreement - which CHP signed with Essex Police in 2007 – states that the local communities must be able to identify the two PCSO’s based in Melbourne and Meadgate, in Chelmsford, which CHP part-funds.
Due to the strict regulations concerning identification on police officers uniforms, it was decided that an armband with CHP’s logo on, which can be easily removed, would meet the agreements conditions.
The two part-funded PCSO’s attend meetings with tenants and regularly join CHP’s Quality of Life (QoL) team members on estate inspections in Melbourne and Meadgate; which provides the community’s residents’ with the chance to share any issues concerning antisocial behaviour or crime in their neighbourhoods.
Since 2007, CHP’s QoL team has been working in partnership with Essex Police after the team was granted powers to combat antisocial behaviour, such as fly-tipping, graffiti and abandoned cars, under the Home Office’s Community Safety Accreditation scheme.
Terri Cochrane, CHP QoL Manager, said: “We have part-funded two PCSO’s in the areas were we have most of our properties which not only demonstrates our commitment to creating and maintaining communities that are safe to live in, but also ensures our residents’ quality of life is our top priority.
“The Special Services Agreement compliments our Community Safety Accreditation and shows that our relationship with Essex Police benefits our communities and neighbourhoods.”