Matthew has drawn up a list of more than 50 things he has achieved seen being elected Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2016:

  • Put together a new Police and Crime Plan for the next four years, following extensive consultation
    Helped fund the establishment of Kent Volunteer Police Cadets
    Helped secure £59,000 from the Government for mental health crisis projects
    Raised money for the Chief Constable to increase the number of new Police Constables
    Cut waiting times for sexual assault victims’ counselling sessions
    Supported Kent Police and the NHS to bring back mental health street triage
    Set up a project to tackle gang issues in Kent
    Set up a £250,000 a year Mental Health and Policing Fund
    Regularly engaged with Kent Police officers and staff to support their work
    Funded new managers to improve the forces’ complaints handling service
    Significantly increased the number of independent custody visitors
    Regularly met with the county’s Members of Parliament
    Invested in new technology to help improve efficiency and effectiveness
    Begun inviting bids for a new £200,000 restorative justice service for Kent
    Kept his pledge to ensure business crime is included within Kent Police’s priorities
    Set up a board to develop the police’s relationship volunteers
    Welcomed dozens of new PCSOs to the force – the first recruits in two years, with more to come
    Held a Youth Forum event for young people to hold him to account
    Supported the establishment of a Kent-wide hate crime support project
    Set up a Mental Health and Policing Oversight Board to hold Kent Police and providers to account
    Increased funding available to community safety projects
    Improved triaging and self-referral for victims of domestic abuse
    Been appointed the APCC’s national portfolio lead on Performance, and deputy Mental Health spokesman
    Established a regional mental health crisis care concordat
    Agreed to fund a project to support Kent Police officers and staff with their own mental well-being
    Improved the mechanisms for holding Kent Police to account
    Awarded over £1m of funding for specialist services for victims of crime
    Met with county and district councillors, irrespective of their political party
    Supported the force in increasing Kent’s number of firearms officers
    Protected funding for Kent’s Community Safety Partnerships this year
    Cut the waiting times for firearms licence renewals
    Lobbied the Government for a fairer funding settlement for Kent
    Supported the extension of mobile phone reporting through Country Eye, including launching a Heritage Watch scheme
    Invested in a new team to tackle cyber-crime and fraud
    Ensure that crime is recognised as important, no matter where it takes place – including rural areas, businesses, online and on our roads
    Held Question Time sessions around the county with different groups
    Helped local charities recruit and train new volunteers
    Funded equipment for Kent Search and Rescue’s new control vehicle
    Extended the project where mental health counsellors help with calls in our control room
    Continued to fund drug and alcohol misuse projects
    Invested in an anti-knife crime project that tours Kent schools
    Provided money to community groups to run diversionary activities for young people
    Funded services for male victims of abuse and violence
    Delivered on a pledge for a review of PCSO powers, which will increase
    Held pop up street surgeries in villages and town centres
    Set out a plan for Backing Young People and giving them a voice
    Delivered greater help for child victims of sexual abuse
    Worked with volunteers to get greater recognition for value of Community Speedwatch data
    Visited schools to ask young people about their views on crime and safety, including cyber-bullying and sexting
    Held Kent Police to account over 101 performance, which has improved
    Opened two new mental health wellbeing cafes for out of hours support
    Had the PCC’s office dementia friendly trained
    Delivered on an election promise to forego £10,000 of his salary
    Extended the Chief Constable’s contract by three years

Mr Scott added: ‘There’s lots more to come during the course of the the next year and I look forward to working with all the residents of Kent and our local communities, local charities and fantastic organisations who have been so welcoming and supportive of me in this first year.’