Leigh-on-Sea will be welcoming its first Community Special Constable.
Teacher William Imbush has lived in the area for most of his life and when he’s not teaching, he plays football in local leagues, and also enjoys racquet sports and running.
He said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Community Special Constable in Leigh-on-Sea.
“I have lived here for most of my life and I take pride in being part of the town.
“I have taken on this role to ensure that Leigh-on-Sea continues to have a visible police presence to ensure it keeps the reputation of being a safe and friendly town.”
Volunteer police officers under the Community Special Constable scheme work closely with their own sponsoring town and parish councils, which fund all the expenses incurred for duties performed within their area.
They are committed to policing the area which pays for them, to identify and address local issues of concern. However, if a major incident occurs, they may be called on to help in another area of the county.
Special Constable Imbush is being sponsored by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council.
Town council chairman, Councillor Doug Cracknell, said: “We recognise that it is no mean feat to get through the initial training and make the grade and witnessing William’s attestation was a reminder of the importance the volunteer Specials make to the wider police service.”
Town council clerk Helen Symmons said: “The council is delighted to welcome its first Community Special Constable.
“We were one of the first to sign up to this countywide initiative for town and parish councils back in 2018 and it still remains a service that the current administration is passionate about delivering, so we are thrilled that William wishes to serve his community.”
Southend district commander Chief Inspector Ian Hughes said: “Over the last few months there have been some issues in Leigh and Old Leigh with anti-social behaviour and violent crime, which has been caused by a small minority of people spoiling the area for the wider community.
“Neither we nor residents and our partners will tolerate this and we’ve been working together as a community to take action against troublemakers and criminals.
“At a time when community policing has never been so important, it is fantastic that Leigh Town Council has supported the introduction of William into their community to help people, keep people safe and to catch criminals.”
Special Constables are volunteers who have the same full police powers, uniform and equipment and work alongside their regular colleagues attending and dealing with a wide variety of incidents. Community Special Constables work almost exclusively in their sponsoring parish concentrating on issues specific to that area.