Essex chief constable reappointed for another three years

Mick Ferris

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, has reappointed Ben-Julian (“BJ”) Harrington as Chief Constable of Essex for a further three years.

Chief Constable Harrington took up post on October 4 2018 on a five-year contract that is due to expire next year. The three-year extension will run through to October 3, 2026.

Mr Hirst, said “The Chief Constable has made a significant difference for the people of Essex. Under his leadership Essex Police have reduced burglary, theft and anti-social behaviour, improved public confidence and invested in more visible neighbourhood policing.”

“The Chief Constable has led the force as it has faced and overcome a number of major challenges, including the impact of COVID-19 and the tragic death of 39 people in a container in Grays.

“As Essex Police has grown, to become the largest it has ever been in its 182-year history, the Chief Constable has be able to provide a stronger, more visible policing presence in communities. He has introduced new teams to tackle the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan, including Town Centre Teams, the Business Crime Team, Rural Crime Team and Domestic Abuse Problem Solving Teams.”

“The new Serious Violence Unit has been effective in tackling the organised criminals and county lines that fuel drug driven violence in our communities. Under his leadership, it has worked effectively with the Violence and Vulnerability Unit to protect young people and prevent them from being exploited by drug gangs.

Chief Constable Harrington said: “It’s a huge privilege to lead and work with so many brave, professional and dedicated officers, police staff and volunteers. At Essex Police our focus is simple; we catch criminals, we protect people and we strive to keep our communities safe working with them and all of the public services in Essex.

“I’m committed to preventing crime and making Essex an even better, even safer place. I will continue to lead the force to the best of my ability and work with the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst to make that happen.”


Mick Ferris

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