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 help. (more…)
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 Read more…
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 Read more…
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. (more…)
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 Read more…
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. (more…)
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 from Central Government will be for next year. (more…)
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 other agencies. (more…)
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.
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. (more…)
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.
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.
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. (more…)
On Radio 5Live talking about male victims of domestic abuse. (more…)