RESIDENTS are set to be given a chance to air their concerns and ask questions as Essex Police prepare to hold a public meeting with its commissioner.

People from across the Maldon district will be able to attend the police, fire and crime commissioner meeting online on Monday, May 16.

Residents and businesses of the district can post their questions live to Jane Gardner, the Deputy, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

The meeting will be online via a Facebook live session taking place between 7pm and 8pm.

Ms Gardner will be joined on the panel by other experts, including Chief Insp Steve Scott-Haynes from Essex Police, Spencer Clarke, the Maldon community safety manager and group manager Simon Dedham from Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

Jane said: “Our online public meetings are a great way to hear directly from local communities about concerns they might have and areas of activity that are in place and working well.

“The meetings are also a great opportunity for us to brief residents on how we are working together with a range of partners to achieve the priorities in both our Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan. 

“We will be updating on how we are delivering the funding for more police officers, helping those suffering from domestic abuse, protecting vulnerable people and tackling gangs and serious violence.

“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are carrying out excellent prevention work across the area which is really useful for residents to find out more about.”

Essex Police say attendees can learn more about recent initiatives that are helping to keep people safe in the district.

They say these include the Public Space Protection Order implemented in the Promenade Park following reports of anti-social behaviour and how, in Burnham, a premises was identified as a centre for anti-social behaviour where they identified several young girls who were at risk of exploitation and moved them from the area.

Residents can watch live via Facebook on the night and post questions in the comments.

They can also submit questions in advance by emailing them to