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.
Kent Police Training College hosted one of the largest passing out parades in its history today – as over 243 student Constables came together to celebrate the graduation of Class 4 of 2018.
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.
I was delighted to have over 300 people come along to by first Bluelight Jobs Fayre in Dartford today. It was tremendously well supported by all of the stallholders and the public.
Last week, I spoke out about the announcement that has been made by the Treasury about the revaluation of the police pensions.
Every year, I run my Annual Policing Survey, so that I can understand what issues are important to you, your family and your neighbourhood.
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.