Two new police officers who are make up Waltham Abbey’s Town Centre Team have spoken about how settling into their new job and meeting the community.

PC Luke Watson and PC Amber Forrow both started their new roles three weeks ago, along with two officers assigned to Loughton who are all being led by Sergeant Rob Fitt.

The duo has been working with residents, visitors and businesses to understand their concerns, take action against anyone who causes problems to the community.

"We're getting to know the residents and local businesses and have already been addressing some of the concerns they have raised with us" said PC Forrow. "We've been working to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour, theft and drug activity in the Town and will continue to work with the community to disrupt criminals and prevent crime."

Investment in more policing in town centres in 23 locations across the county to deal with the issues on your doorstep went live in July.

As part of the force’s dedication to visible, frontline officers, the 58 constables will tackle the most prominent issues in communities whilst building stronger relationships with the public.

PC Watson added: "We want to know what's going on in the town and if anything is causing you concern, so that we can take action.

"We're keen to build upon the good relationship we've developed so far, so if you see me or Amber on patrol, come and talk to us.

"Earlier this week, we met Bearded Dragon, Phoenix, while on patrol in the town centre.

“Phoenix is an emotional support pet and we spent time talking to his owner, understanding how he helps her and hearing that he has quickly become a favourite with the locals."

The Town Centre Team constables have been assigned to several towns across Essex, including Chelmsford, Colchester, Harwich, Harlow, Maldon and Saffron Walden.

To keep up to date with the Town Centre Team, follow PC’s Forrow and Watson on Twitter @EFDTCT