Dispatch - Colchester Edition

By Essex Police - Colchester District

Dispatch - Colchester Edition- Issue #1

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Dispatch - Colchester Edition
Welcome to Dispatch - Colchester Edition.
Here you will find the latest news, updates, crime prevention advice and more from Essex Police in the Colchester district.

An update from your Community Safety Engagement Officer (CSEO)
PC Spiers - Colchester Community Safety and Engagement Officer
PC Spiers - Colchester Community Safety and Engagement Officer
“Welcome to the first issue of ‘Dispatch - Colchester edition’ - our new weekly e-newsletter from Essex Police in the Colchester district.
"This e-newsletter is about keeping you up-to-date with what’s been happening in our district over the past week, as well as information about our upcoming events, crime prevention advice, latest news and more.
"We’ll also be answering some of our most asked questions.
"Remember to stay safe and look after each other.”
-PC Brian Speirs, Community Safety Engagement Officer - Colchester district.
What is a Community Safety Engagement Officer?
The Community Safety and Engagement Officer (or CSEO) is police officer who acts as a link between communities, partners and the police.
You will often see your CSEO at community events around the district, working alongside local partners, to ensure our district remains a safe place to live, work and visit.
Our CSEOs also enjoy a positive relationship with our schools, taking time to visit school classes, put on workshops and organise free activities for our young people to take part in over the summer.
Who are your Colchester CSEOs?
PC Brian Spiers
Brian has been an police officer with Essex Police for the past 10 years, having joined us from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). He brought many years of policing knowledge and experience with him, having worked with MPS for almost 10 years.
Since joining Essex Police, Brian has taken on roles including response policing (responding to emergencies), investigations and more recently community policing.
PC Dex Adams
Dex became a police officer with Essex Police more than 13 years ago. He has always been based in the Colchester area working on response and community policing teams.
If you see us, please give us a wave or come and say hello!
Find our more about policing in your area
29 June - 5 July
18-year-old arrested on suspicion of drug offences
A man has been arrested on suspicion of drug offences following proactive patrols in the Saw Mill Road area.
While on patrol, officers came across two motorbikes, one of which had been set on fire.
Upon investigation, the officers suspected that both bikes had been stolen.
An 18-year-old man from Colchester has been arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle and possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
He has been released under investigation as enquiries continue.
PD Dougie finds hidden drugs
Class A drugs worth £600k stopped from reaching Essex streets
Essex Police in Colchester District
Officers from #Colchester Town Centre Team have been patrolling residential areas after reports of thefts from motor vehicles occurring in the area.

#YouSaidWeDid https://t.co/aoFZ8Sus45
Working with our communities to review Stop & Search
New Visual Impairment Procedure
Colchester Garrison Show
Meeting Blackbrook residents
Our community policing team took time out of their day to visit Blackbrook house care home earlier this week. The officers spent time chatting to residents over a cup of tea about things that are happening in and around where they live.
They also took the opportunity to remind residents, staff, their friends and family, about how to keep themselves safe from fraudsters.
Upcoming events
We host a number of events throughout the district where you can get to know some of the police officers and staff who protect and serve your community.
Talk to us about the things that are causing you concern in your communities, get crime prevention advice or find out what we’re doing to tackle antisocial behaviour in your area.
Whatever you would like to discuss about local policing, we’re here to listen and work with our local partners to resolve any issues.
Thu 7 Jul, 10-11am: Beat Surgery at Wivenhoe Library
Thu 7 Jul, 1-2pm: Beat Surgery at West Mersea Library
Mon 11 Jul, 3-4pm: Meet your local PCSO at Hythe Community Centre
Thu 14 Jul, 10-11am: Meet your local PCSO at Cessac Cafe, Army Welfare building, Fallowfield Road.
Thu 14 Jul, 10-11am: Coffee with a cop at Coffee Hog, William Harris Way
Tue 19 Jul, 10am-12pm: Coffee with a cop at Northern Gateway Sports Park
Thu 19 Jul, 11am-1pm: Coffee with a cop at Greenstead community centre
Fri 20 Jul, 1-3pm: Meet you local PCSO at Poplar nurseries, Marks Tey
To find out when and where our stroll with a patrol events are happening in your area click here.
Take a look at our Facebook page for details of our events, or head to the Your Area section of our website.
Please note events may be cancelled at short notice due to operational demands, details of which will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Stroll with a Patrol in Colchester
Stroll with a Patrol in Colchester
Crime prevention advice
Be Fraud Smart
Ten golden rules to prevent fraud
Remember these ten golden rules to help you prevent fraud and beat the scammers.
  1. Be suspicious of all ‘too good to be true’ offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes.
  2. Don’t agree to offers or deals immediately. Insist on time to get independent or legal advice before making a decision.
  3. Don’t hand over money or sign anything until you’ve checked someone’s credentials and their company’s.
  4. Never send money to anyone you don’t know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment you’re not comfortable with.
  5. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you don’t know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it.
  6. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links in an email.
  7. Don’t just rely on glowing testimonials. Find solid, independent evidence of a company’s success.
  8. Always get independent or legal advice if an offer involves money, time or commitment.
  9. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help.
  10. Don’t be embarrassed about reporting a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there’s no shame in being deceived. By reporting it, you’ll make it more difficult for them to deceive others.
Ask the Police
Question
Answer
Mechanically propelled vehicles on a public road are required to display number plates (number plate in the case of motorcycles). Covering the vehicle could prevent them from being seen and this would be an offence.
It would be legal to cover the vehicle as long as the registration plates could be seen. Clear plastic panels could be used in the appropriate places to enable the registration plates to be visible.
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