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.
Following my recent blog, the inspectorate of Constabularies has now published their report into mental health and policing.
Tomorrow, Parliament debates much needed legislation to give response drivers the protection they need in law. I hope it succeeds.
The Protect the Protectors Act (or the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 to give its proper name) received Royal Assent recently.
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the Home Secretary, paid a visit to Canterbury on Saturday to speak at a political event that I attended.
I spent to morning with the Kent Police Commercial Vehicle Unit observing their efforts to keep our roads safe by cracking down on mobile phone use at the wheel.
Kent is a diverse county – it has vast urban areas, rural villages and is very coastal. Each neighbourhood has its own challenges, as well as common issues that need to be addressed.
As part of my programme of visits within the Force, I try to block out a week periodically whereby I can spend most of the time meeting teams of Officers and Staff from across the organisation.