I promised to keep you all updated on my activities during the pandemic and how I am supporting the public and policing to keep us all safe.

Yesterday, I had a briefing from the Chief Constable on the normal business of policing – responding to crime and antisocial behaviour, prosecutions, welfare calls – as I would normally do on a Monday. We discussed demand on the control room, assaults on Officers and Staff and strategic issues as they arise.

He also briefed me on the Kent Police response to COVID-19, breaches of the guidance, staff sickness, PPE and testing.

We are having these briefings regularly and it gives me the opportunity to ask questions on behalf of residents, businesses and Police Officers and Staff, as well as offer my support so that the Force has the resources it needs to get through this emergency.

I have also been in discussions with my PCC colleagues already today about these issues from a regional and national point of view. This included our approach to finance, concerns about the national guidance issued to policing on guidance breaches, testing centres, PPE supply and more. These meetings are helpful as we can better work together, and talk about what we want to raise with the Policing Minister in our now weekly discussions.

As ever, a massive thank you to all of our emergency service and key workers for all that you are doing during this emergency.

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