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The approach to tackling violence and vulnerability (V&V) across Southend, Essex and Thurrock is implemented and guided by the Essex wide V&V Partnership.

V&V Round Table

The Round Table provides leadership and strategic direction to the Partnership. The Round Table is chaired by Roger Hirst, PFCC.

V&V Operations Board

The Operations Board drives partnership activity across the county. The Operations Board is chaired by Andy Prophet, Deputy Chief Constable, Essex Police.

Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit (VVU)

The VVU is a small specialist team that supports the Partnership and co-ordinates delivery of V&V work.

Essex Violence and Vulnerability Partnership – overview

Essex Violence and Vulnerability Partnership - overviewClick on the link to view our presentation explaining the Essex VVU partnership

Essex VVU Partnership presentation


Working together, the Partnership closely aligns activity to prevent violence and protect the vulnerable with strong, robust enforcement activity. Across Essex, the wider strategic approach includes:

  • Identifying and tackling organised crime gangs, County Lines and drug supply.
  • Delivering a proactive, robust local enforcement programme in partnership with communities.
  • Reducing the risk of young or vulnerable people being exploited by gangs and help those involved in gangs to break away.

Working together, the Partnership has tested and trialled a range of interventions in recent years and, through careful evaluation, has developed a strategic approach that is delivering significant results in the fight against violent crime.

As the Partnership has continued to develop, so has our understanding of the specific nature of the problem we collectively face and, importantly, how we can intervene to reduce the risk to young people by breaking the business models used by County Line gangs, which has such a devastating impact in our county.