Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson, Braintree & Uttlesford District Commander, has been with Essex Police for nearly 22 years. Her wide-ranging career has included time as a CID detective and work with agencies like Essex Fire & Rescue Service to ensure everyone works together to keep the public safe. In this guest blog, she explains how policing has changed over the years and the force’s priorities in Braintree and Uttlesford
“I’d like to start by saying how proud I am to be the Braintree and Uttlesford District Commander. This is a wonderful place to work – full of great officers and staff, who serve great communities.
My team are all passionate, hardworking and committed, and they do all they can with the resources available to them.
If you’d like to meet and engage with them, then come along to one of our community events such as Coffee with Cops, which we hold in local cafés and coffee shops.
Working hard for you
My team is made up of Local Policing Teams and a Community Policing Team which includes the Braintree, Witham and Saffron Walden Town Centre Teams.
Supporting them are teams including Roads Policing, the Rural Engagement Team, Operation Raptor (gangs and county lines), Public Protection, CID, Serious Crime, Firearms and Dogs.
A lot has been said in recent years about the visibility and resources available to police forces up and down the country.
My ethos is to work smart to be effective and efficient, directing resources to the greatest threat, harm and risk. I assign officers and other teams to deal with incidents or reports in a way that best serves your community.
Crime has changed over the years and many crimes are investigated by officers in plain clothes that are not obvious walking the streets.
They may not walk the streets in high visibility, but they are all out there, working hard for you and other residents.
Some of these crimes are complex but still happen within the community, such as coercion, stalking and modern-day slavery. Others are committed online and out of sight, and I’m taking steps to quickly identify vulnerable people and hidden harm crimes.
I have seen an increase in the number of victims coming forward to police to report crimes. This means people have more confidence in policing and investigations
So thank you for your support. If you see us out and about, please come and share your concerns, or simply say hello!”
Do you have a question about your local police force? Email Amanda.email@example.com and we’ll put them to Janette in a future blog!