APCC Lead for Mental Health APCC Lead for Performance Conservative Spokesman on Brexit
Police performance has been in the spotlight consistently in recent months. Death on the streets of London, an increase in the number of incidents reported to police, and fewer justice outcomes have all contributed to increased concerns.
Synthetic cannabinoid substances, which are commonly known by the name ‘Spice’, are a growing concern for police forces across the UK – as they cause users exhibit highly unpredictable, and often extremely aggressive behaviour.
The shopping centre manager walked towards me with an urgency that you don’t often see. I was giving out surveys to passers by when he approached me with concerns about the welfare of a young person who was threatening to take their own life in the car park. They had convinced this person to seek…
It is an honour to serve the residents of Kent as their Police and Crime Commissioner. As I reach the midpoint in my first term, as one of the second generation of PCCs, I have seen time and time again how we have been able to respond decisively and quickly to the challenges in our…
I am grateful to all the Officers and Staff who took the time to speak with me and answer questions during my “all out” programme of visits across the county last week. I spent time in all parts of the Force listening and learning about daily business and issues I could help with. I will…
I’ve launched a survey of young people to get their views on their experiences online. Here I tell KMFM why.
Interview with KMTV following the Police and Crime Panel’s decision to support my increase of 200 Police Officers.
Today I am announcing my draft funding proposals for Kent Police for 2018/19.Over the past year, I have continued touring the county and speaking with local residents, community groups, businesses and charities to seek their views on Policing in Kent and Medway.
PCCs are elected to hold Chief Constable to account, set the Budget and council tax precept, decide Policing priorities for our area and commission services for victims of crime. But we also need to make sure that the Police have the powers they need to get the job done and support changes in the law…
Ashford MP and First Secretary of State Damian Green joined the Chief Constable and I to launch my new restorative justice service. The new victim-focussed service will help reduce re-offending and enable victims to hold perpetrators to account.
The Budget was announced in Parliament on 22 November by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Whilst it was a good Budget for a number of industries and groups, there was nothing specific in there on this occasion for Policing. We now look to the annual Police Grant announcement in late December for what our allocation…
I spoke to KMFM yesterday about the Conference I hosted looking at this issue. As many as 40% of victims of domestic abuse might be men, when nationally, only 20% of recorded crimes are against males.
I appeared on BBC Breakfast last week to talk about the national efficiency report in my role as the Lead Police and Crime Commissioner for Police Performance. I talked about the significant levels of demand that Policing is experiencing across the country and the amount of work that Officers and Staff have to do for…
A further appearance but to discuss the local report for Kent.
Early start this morning as I was at New Broadcasting House in London to talk to the BBC about the latest reports by the inspectorate of Policing on efficiency.
My letter to The Guardian was published this week following the report by Dame Elis Angiolini on deaths in Police custody.
Please SHARE this post: I’m proud to have helped bring the scheme back, which so far has benefited over 200 young people in Kent. The aspiration is to go county wide!
I spoke to KMFM about the number of Police Officers being assaulted in Kent reaching one per day on average. #ProtectTheProtectors campaign much needed.
I have supported my colleagues at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners who have called for an extra £1.28billion being awarded to Police budgets over the course of the next two years, to fund an extra 5000 Police Officers and 1100 firearms posts.
Last year, Dr Rick Muir of the Police Foundation said that “PCCs have unlocked innovation in policing policy”, with our roles having “led to new ways of doing things”. I wrote two weeks ago about how we are influencing mental health policy – we are doing the same with technology too.
I visited the NSPCC’s Service Centre in Gillingham last week to see one of the projects I had funded from the money I receive as the commissioner of victims’ services from the Ministry of Justice.
At the NSPCC Service Centre in Gillingham, who received £35,000 from my Victims Fund.
Just over a year ago, I wrote for this site about the substantial challenges that police forces were facing with cases involving mental health.
First of all, thank you to everyone who sent Nina and I good wishes following the birth of our first child. Georgina is nearly four weeks old already and both Mum and baby are doing well.
I promised that PCSO powers would be reviewed when I was elected – now the Chief Constable of Kent has agreed to increase them.
Kent Police is the first in the country to train volunteers to use Policing powers around the county. Here’s my views.
In October, I will be launching a new Restorative Justice (RJ) service for the county.
Speaking at the 2017 National Police Federation Conference on mental health and welfare. Skip to 20mins 51seconds in.
A policy paper first written for the Parliament Street Joseph Chamberlain Policy Centre on the need to prevent mental health demand, not just manage it.
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
On Radio 5Live talking about male victims of domestic abuse.
Today, the Police and Crime Act received Royal Assent and therefore becomes law, bringing with it new powers and responsibilities for Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables.
Responding to mental health incidents is a substantial issue and there will always be times where it is appropriate that a police response is dispatched.