A CONFERENCE to promote safer communities across the county was held by the police.

Roger Hirst, police and crime commissioner for Essex, invited more than 200 partners to the annual conference yesterday (March 14).

Mr Hirst said: “There are very few issues in society that can be solved by a single organisation. Whether it is anti-social behaviour, domestic violence or road safety, to reduce harm, alter behaviour and create safe and secure communities, we must work together.

“This conference is a great opportunity to connect different agencies, charities and organisations to help build relationships and ultimately deliver tangible improvements for the people of Essex.”

The conference focused on a number of issues that require a partnership approach, including reducing reoffending and safer Essex roads.

Minister for policing and the fire service, Brandon Lewis MP, said: “Essex is already a leading example of emergency services collaboration, not least the ongoing consultation into the proposed joint governance of Essex Police and the county fire and rescue service.

“I look forward to seeing the results from the consultation in Essex and would encourage everybody to take the time to have their say.”