There are approximately one hundred Active Citizens around the county of Essex, acting as a link between the police and the public.
Active Citizens help with various initiatives to support the police and their local communities. They spend time interacting with local communities and provide advice and information, as well as gathering information and intelligence.
One of the most successful ways they do this is through their local Beat Surgeries where they can listen to issues and concerns and find ways to help communities find solutions. These have proven to be very successful and allow offers to spend time on incidents relating to crime.
They assist with major incidents and many gave their time to assist in Jaywick when the area was faced with severe flooding risks. They assisted local police with evacuating vulnerable people to the designated community centres and kept local residents up to date with information.
They have also assisted the Casualty Reduction Team by educating drivers through campaigns around speed awareness and mobile phone use.
All Active Citizens receive training to help them assist in a range of activities and their achievements were recently acknowledged through the Force’s Volunteer Awards.