Crime in Kent falls 5%

Crime continued to fall in Kent before the lockdown began. Figures published for the year ending March 2020 showed a 5% fall in police recorded crime – following reductions in the previous two quarters too. The figures show that the investment in extra Officers and Staff is working, as burglary Read more…

A big thank you this Volunteers’ Week

Throughout this period of emergency, there have been some stories of selflessness, determination and community spirit that have given people hope. This has taken many forms, with individuals, businesses and other groups working together to support those who are vulnerable. Policing, and the public, continue to benefit from incredible support Read more…

Mental health awareness week

The tragedy and disruption brought about by Covid-19 has torn through all aspects of everyday life. Going to work, buying a pint of milk, seeing a loved one, exercising, work, holidays, education, celebrations, worship… I could go on. Nothing is untouched and everything is different. For policing, the impact has Read more…

COVID-19: blog seven

I have been allocated an extra £624,000 to distribute to organisations who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Kent. Charities and other eligible groups are now being invited to bid into this pot of money, by 29 May. The Covid-19 outbreak has had a severe impact on Read more…

No police taser review required

I spoke with BBC Radio Kent yesterday to oppose renewed challenges to taser. They are important pieces of kit that help protect Police Officers and the public. There’s robust training and effective scrutiny locally. I supported Kent Police’s Chief Constable to roll them out to every frontline Officer who wants Read more…

COVID-19: blog five

I begin this report having just completed a 128-person Video Conference Call – I spoke to Kent Police Senior Leaders about the current situation and how my team and I have been working with Chief Officers in recent weeks. It was a good opportunity to pass on my best wishes to all of them and their teams, although via a different method than in the past.

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COVID-19: blog three

Figures for the numbers of fixed penalty notices issued by the Police for breaches of the guidance on COVID-19 were published this week and they show that broadly, the system is working, in that: People are adhering to the guidance; Police interaction with the public has meant compliance; and Fixed Read more…

Cyber bullying survey launches

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, is again asking for people to share their experiences of online bullying. Keen to understand the ways in which young people experience cyber-bullying, he has circulated a new anonymous survey to schools across Kent and Medway during Anti-Bullying Week. Mr Scott said: ‘Cyber-bullying Read more…