New district commander for Uttlesford and Braintree announced

PUBLISHED: 12:28 12 September 2018

Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson is the new district commander for Braintree and Uttlesford. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson is the new district commander for Braintree and Uttlesford. Picture: ESSEX POLICE


Essex Police is pleased to announce Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson as the new district commander for Braintree and Uttlesford.

Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson has been with Essex Police for more than 20 years and is delighted to return to the area where she spent nearly a decade as a sergeant.

Janette joined the force in 1998 after graduating with a degree from the Chichester University. As a young police officer she aspired to join CID and after completing her probation in Basildon, became a detective at Harlow.

During her policing career Janette has gathered a wealth of experience having worked on response teams, as a custody sergeant and as an educator of new recruits. She has also worked within CID, public protection and in strategic roles force wide.

Chief Inspector Rawlingson was the police lead on the Essex Emergency Services Collaboration Team working closely with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

She is proud to have introduced the familiarisation exchange visits for all student police officers and firefighters, demonstrating her strong belief that partner agencies can work together to better solve problems and confront challenges more effectively.

She hopes to use this experience in her new role as district commander to tackle the priorities she has outlined for the Braintree and Uttlesford districts.

“I’ve seen the results that working together can bring and I’m passionate about using everyone’s knowledge and skills to work effectively and efficiently to protect those living in and visiting Essex,” Chief Inspector Rawlingson said.

As well as working to prevent and disrupt criminal activity in the area, protect and support vulnerable people and victims of crime, Chief Inspector Rawlingson has outlined a particular focus upon reducing rural crime, burglaries and anti-social behaviour within her priorities for the districts.

“Braintree and Uttlesford have some of the most beautiful rural locations in the county, but this does come with its challenges.

“Having grown up in rural Essex myself, I fully understand and appreciate the concerns and the requirements of these communities. “Both myself and my policing teams are committed to working with key partners, residents, business owners and visitors to make the districts as safe and as welcoming as possible. We will continue to work to improve confidences and respond to the needs of our community.

“Our Braintree and Uttlesford Facebook page is an excellent way to keep up-to-date with what is happening in the district, whether it’s upcoming community events, opportunities to raise concerns with the local policing team, witness appeals or criminal investigation charges and court outcomes.”

Janette has a husband and two children and is a volunteer for the Wilderness Foundation, which uses nature and conservation to transform vulnerable young people’s lives.

She enjoys running with a local group and has taken part in two half marathons in support of Jack’s Pack, a cause which raises money to help fight Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of children’s brain cancer.

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