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.
Earlier today, I tweeted a graph that was displayed at the Annual NPCC and APCC Partnership Summit by Chief Constable Sara Thornton, showing the times of day that Police Forces get the most mental health related calls.
In response to scrutiny, police forces up and down the country have been improving how they record crime, which is good news for victims. In Kent, we have seen improvement from 84% accuracy to the mid 90s.
The Violence Reduction Challenge is my response to the emerging issues we are seeing nationwide with crime, whether it be county lines, gangs, drugs, domestic abuse, sexual violence and public order.
Hate crime is real and it is still happening across the country. There are many who still wish to divide us on the basis of their hate and target religions, races, gender, disability and other characteristics in order to do so. We cannot allow them to succeed.