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This page is about how Neighbourhood Watch and Essex Police seek to work together. For full information on Essex Police, go to their website(click here).

Essex Police is governed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Essex, Roger Hirst, whose role is to be “the voice of the people (of Essex) and to hold the police to account.” You can communicate directly with the PCC at his website:

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From the District Police Commander:

I am Chief Inspector Steve Scott-Haynes, I have served with Essex Police for 17 years following 2 years’ service in the Metropolitan Police. I was originally posted to Chelmsford as the Community Policing Team Inspector eighteen months ago and have now been appointed as District Commander following Gerry Parker’s move to the Met


I have held a variety of roles in my career always in front line posts from response policing to tactical teams, community safety and intelligence. I am a public order trained officer, an intelligence manager and trained in counter terrorism.

Chelmsford is an exciting place for me working with our expanding team to deliver the District priorities:

My background in intelligence gives me a unique perspective on the value that Neighbourhood Watch gives to policing. As the intelligence manager for North Essex for three years I evaluated, developed and ultimately actioned the large volume of information that Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers report to the police. From this information I was able to direct resources and create proactive operations to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour directly affecting your communities. It is important to say that developing intelligence can take some time and your information may appear not to have been actioned, but like completing a jigsaw the information you give us fits into a larger picture.


I look forward to working with you and continuing to develop the close links between Neighbourhood Watch and Essex Police.

Chief Inspector Steve Scott-Haynes

Meet our community policing team Inspector:

I am DI Kelly Thurston. I have been with Essex Police for coming up to 19 years. I started my career in Harlow and spent 7 years there moving around the division to work in Epping and Brentwood within this time. I then moved to Neighbourhood Policing at Headquarters where I was the Sergeant lead for the force for a year.

I moved on to Thurrock division from there and decided to study for the detectives exam and the Inspectors exam. I obtained both and eventually moved to Southend as a detective and was promoted to Inspector a few months into being there.

I moved to the North as the domestic violence Detective Inspector 4 years ago and have worked on CID in that time, before moving from the investigations world to CPT.

The Community Policing team at Chelmsford is an evolving team and I am in the process of moving the team around to make the team more efficient and able to deal with the fast moving pace of CPT. My aim is to try and become more efficient at dealing with the community issues and for residents to see familiar faces within their community from the police. I look forward to working with the NHW over the coming months.

November, 2020

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