I’m part of a cross party Brexit working group of PCCs that has been looking at the impact on policing and security; working with Police Chiefs and others to make sure that plans are in place for whatever the outcome is after 29 March.
Let’s start with the acknowledgement of the good news – Kent Police have been deemed “outstanding” by the independent inspectors of Policing for the accuracy of its crime recording practices.
I’ve been visiting Kent Police Stations in Longport on this side of the Channel and Coquelles on the other as part of my programme of meetings with the different teams within the Force.
Today I’m announcing my Budget for the coming year. In return for a £2 a month increase in council tax, @kent_police will be able to recruit another 180 more Police Officers.
It’s a big week ahead as I announce my Budget plan for Kent Police for next year.
Thank you to everyone working over the festive period to keep us safe.
Earlier today, I was invited by the Chief Constable to join him for the latest passing out parade for new Kent Police Officers.
As I announced on BBC South East’s Sunday Politics Show, I’ve helped Kent Police secure the first instalment of funding for the planning costs of Brexit, worth £850,000.
I’m delighted that the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act has recommended what Police and Crime Commissioners and many others have wanted for some time – that police cells should not be used to keep someone safe when they are detained under the Mental Health Act.
I spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Lembit Opik on Friday morning about the routine arming of police officers and tackling violent crime.