In our pages here you can find out about the Neighbourhood Watches in the City of Chelmsford area - both across the urban centres and in our rural areas. Find out what we’re about, which Watch area you might be in, and how to join with us. If you live in an area with no Watch find out about how to start one up.
I am Chief Inspector Gerry Parker and I am immensely proud to have the opportunity to serve as the District Commander for Chelmsford and Maldon.
I have served in Essex Police for the last 18 years, starting out as a PC in this very district, so it's great to be back in the place where I started. During my career at Essex Police I have carried out roles in: specialist operations; public order; roads policing unit; operational support group; and more recently heading up the Mobile First programme. I have spent all my career within operational policing and I have been extremely lucky to have had roles that allowed me to deploy in the most challenging of operations both in Essex and across the UK. I have spent a lot of my service working alongside various partner agencies and I will continue to do so as the lead for tackling Urban Street Gangs, Organised Crime Groups and other Hidden Harm areas across my command. Key to success is strong leadership across my teams and close relationships with partners, neighbourhood watch schemes and volunteer groups to
ensure we understand issues local concerns. Our community and the information they provide, underpins all my policing activity and with your help we can make a difference.
I will ensure my staff work alongside our partner agencies to try and combat this area of growing vulnerability which affects all sections of the community, especially the young. I am also passionate about developing my staff and ensuring opportunity exists for all to grow and progress along their chosen career pathways. Welfare and wellbeing is important to me and I make the commitment to support and develop my teams. You will find me focused and driven but most importantly I will always be open, honest and visible to all.
I am committed to the Essex Police and North LPA plan and I will be working closely with partners to target crimes that pose the greatest threat and harm to our communities, with the strategic priorities of:
I look forward to working with you to help make sure that the County of Essex and our District remains a great place to live, work and visit.
Chief Inspector Gerry Parker
Protecting and supporting vulnerable people and victims of crime
Reducing harm caused by alcohol and substance misuse
Tackling crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour
Tacking violent crime
Promoting road safety and challenging irresponsible driving