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.
My meetings have included my regular briefings from the Chief Constable on the response to COVID-19 and the impact on the Force as well as “regular” business dealing with crime and antisocial behaviour.
I’ve also been involved I meetings about various regional and national issues; I’ve been looking at how the outbreak has impacted on mental health demand on policing, discussing the roll out of video enabled justice, scrutinising plans for a new performance framework for policing nationally, and catching up on the implementation of BlueLight Commercial, the national policing procurement venture I chair for PCCs.
I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. It’s positive to hear that we are likely past the first peak but I know the impact that the lockdown is having on people. If you need someone to talk to, there’s help available: https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/release-the-pressure