Is Harlow Remembrance Service under threat due to police cuts?

News / Tue 6th Oct 2015 at 05:44pm

THERE are now questions whether Remembrance Services will be able to go ahead as a result of the on-going cuts to Essex Police.

Harlow’s Remembrance Service takes place in the Town Park with a police presence on First Avenue and School Lane.

Assistant Chief Constable, Julia Wortley has written to councils in Essex to inform them of the changes this year.

In previous years, Essex Police has provided assistance on occasions with traffic control at some events.

But now they have told councils: “This year Essex Police officers (including members of the Special Constabulary) will not be permitted to enforce road closures unless there is an imminent risk to public safety.”

YH asked Harlow Council whether they, like many councils, had received a letter but there appeared to be no trace of it.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: “We recognise the importance of Remembrance services to the local community and have provided help and guidance about planning these events to organisers. Many officers will either formally or informally attend and support ceremonies across the county on Remembrance Sunday.

“Responsibility for road closures for pre-planned events lies with the local authority but officers will, as usual, assist at any emergency or traffic incident that occurs during the event”.

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1 Comment for Is Harlow Remembrance Service under threat due to police cuts?:

2015-10-07 06:48:54

This is just pure political posturing by the Assistant Chief Constable.

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