'No replacement' for more police officers in Essex

8 November 2018, 08:40 | Updated: 8 November 2018, 08:41

Roger Hirst, Essex PCC candidate

The man who sets the policing budget in Essex says more officers is key to tackling a rise in crime in the county.

Essex's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, has been speaking as he launches another survey.

It's asking us how much extra we would be willing to pay towards policing in our council tax.

5000 people responded to the same survey last year, and the policing part of council tax in Essex was increased by an average of £1 a month.

Mr Hirst thinks improvements have been made - but there's more to do.

"Partly we've done that {improvement} through investing in technology, so officers can be out on patrol more using remote and mobile technology.

"But I think there's no replacement really for numbers of officers as well, if we actually intend to get ahead of what is an increase in crime and disorder across the county."