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.