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Letter re Rochford Police Station  - Jan 2012
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Essex Police, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
January 12,2012

Re: Proposed Estate Disposal - Rochford Police Station

Dear Colleague,
Over the past year a review has been carried out to identify buildings in the Force Estate for which there is no longer an organisational need under the new operational policing Blueprint.
As you will be aware through our previous communications, the Blueprint is part of our plan to find £41m per year in recurring savings by 2014/15 due to a combination of cuts in grants and other unavoidable financial pressures. To achieve this level of cuts requires considerable restructuring of the force and part of this restructure involves plans to rationalise our Estate.

Essex Police has a large Estate in comparison to other similar forces, currently comprising of over 110 buildings The review highlighted a number of buildings which were not going to be used operationally in the new Blueprint structure, due to factors related to size, location and suitability. The Blueprint is designed to operate within demanding resource constraints and it is therefore important that our Estates Strategy also represents a cost efficient model. The outcome of the review has identified potentially up to 18 buildings across the county which could be released for sale, benefiting Essex Police with capital income and a reduction in our revenue costs which include annual maintenance costs.
One of the key elements of the Blueprint has been to maximise officer resource by having larger teams of police officers based at fewer locations. From 1st March 2012, your local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be based at Rayleigh police station from where they will patrol your area. Our officers tasked to respond to emergency calls will be deployed throughout the county to provide an immediate response 24 hours a day. Your nearest Front Counter facility is at Rayleigh police station, which is open Mon to Sun from 0800 to Midnight

lf members of the public visit this station outside of these hours, there is an external telephone/intercom outside the building for non emergency assistance, which will connect you to the Force Switchboard. The '999' number should still be used for all emergency

We are writing to you to request your feedback on proposed building disposal in your area, specifically Rochford police station. We would also welcome any suggestions you may have as to suitable venues that might be available in your area that your Neighbourhood Policing Teams could use to hold Beat Surgeries or community meetings.

ln addition, the recent Localism Bill offers communities the chance to develop a bid and raise the capital to buy a local community asset when it comes on the open market so that it might be retained for other local purposes.

It is important to us to receive your views and we will consider your feedback prior to final decisions being made by the Essex Police Authority in March 2012. We would be grateful if your views could be emailed to Tina Bateman, Assistant Operating Manager at Essex Police Authority   ( by Friday 24th February 2012. Please feel free to pass on this letter to interested parties in your community.
      Chief Constable

Essex Police
Anthony Jackson
Essex Police Authority