Southend has been dogged by a spate of violent crime in recent weeks leaving the town centre a virtual no-go area at night.
Three young men have been left with stab wounds following serious incidents since February.
It is the latest in a long list of incidents in recent years which are widely believed to linked with London drug gangs.
Took you long enough.
Hop on a c2c from Fenchurch Street, the A13 in your Audi, a rickety old carriage at Liverpool St, and little Duwayne and Junior and Mohammed can be selling their wares in Westcliff inside an hour, easily.
The partnership is planning a town centre operation bolstered by extra police which have been promised and involving a number of agencies.
Mr Ford said: “We will focus on town centre issues like antisocial behaviour, crime levels in the town, homelessness and street drinking.
About time! I guess last week’s crackdown wasn’t the raging success you’d hoped for, eh? Or they wouldn’t still all be there.
“We will be forming a town centre action group. This will be a high visibility patrol.
“We want to publicise this so London gangs to see this to deter them.
Yup, I’m sure Duwayne and Junior and Mohammed read the ‘Echo’ the minute they roll out of bed…
We are also working with the children and adult safeguarding team and the health and wellbeing board.
“We’ll be promoting issues around violence. It’s not just the community safety partnership many of the issues, particularly with mental health, criss cross.
“I keep saying the police can’t arrest their way of this (sic). Sometimes it is hard to judge whether someone is the victim or the offender because they may have been exploited.”