Southend Community Policing team (CPT) working to reduce street begging and ensure the safety of homeless people.

Our officers from Southend Community Policing team (CPT) have been working with partner agencies to reduce the level of street begging and drinking and ensure the safety of homeless people.

During March, our officers from Southend CPT have been working with numerous partner agencies in Southend High Street. As part of the operation, our officers have been leading street patrols in the High Street and surrounding areas. They have been assisting charities and services to approach homeless people and offer information about the support that is available to them for housing, health and other support services.

Due to the positive outcomes of these patrols, Southend CPT are continuing the operation on a monthly basis throughout 2017.

Sergeant Ian Hughes, of Southend CPT, said: “Community policing partnership work like this is an important part of ensuring the safety of the more vulnerable members of the public, as well as showing our support to local businesses and service providers.

“We recognise the importance of working successfully with local partner agencies so we can signpost people in our community in the right direction. We’re pleased with the positive outcome from this community work and aim to continue the progression throughout the rest of the year.”

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