Residents can expect to see a new type of police officer on the streets soon.

Essex Police has introduced Community safety engagement officers (CSEO) to its community policing teams.

They will work closely with the force's existing community police constables, police community support officers, councils, fire service, and probation and health services.

Each policing district will have two CSEOs.

Ten officers started their new roles last month and there will be another ten in post from October.

Superintendent Craig Saunders said: “The community safety engagement officers will help community policing teams build on the excellent work they are already doing to tackle local issues.

“They’ll be taking a lead on ensuring we deal with what matters most to residents and resolving problems in the long term.

“Their expert knowledge of local communities will be a real asset and help ensure we continue to build and maintain strong relationships and work together with local people to ensure everyone feels safe and informed.”

PC Bradley Hall, who is based in Harlow, said: “I’m looking forward to working with different communities and being able to engage with people from different walks of life, and working with our partners to continue making Harlow an even better place for everyone.”

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