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.
As mentioned in my last diary entry, PCCs have called on the Government to provide £1.28billion extra over the next two years to help support Policing with these challenges. You can watch a clip here.
Kent Police were deemed to be “Good” or “Outstanding” at managing demand, planning for the future and understanding the challenges it faces.
The Kent Community Safety Conference took place at the Detling Showground last week, with a theme of Protecting Vulnerable People from Organised Crime. There were a number of good speakers who talked about a variety of issues including mental health, gangs and modern day slavery. I closed the event and talked about young people and mental health. Tackling gang related issues is something that residents have told me they want to see. My survey last year had this, and the connected issues of drugs and knives, amongst the top ten issues residents were concerned about. It is now a priority within my Police and Crime Plan that I expect the Chief Constable to deliver against. I am pleased that we are seeing this in practice through Operation Raptor.
As the national PCC Lead for Mental Health and Custody, I have been invited to join the advisory panel on the Government’s independent review of the Mental Health Act. With the Act being 34 years old, the nature of the operational response changing and the extra workload being placed on Policing, I will, alongside the NPCC, be in a strong position to influence change nationally in this important area.
The Licence to Kill road safety production has continued and I was pleased to join ACC Jo Shiner and others at Mote Park Leisure Centre on Wednesday to see the production during its 10th anniversary. By asking Police, Fire and Paramedic representatives to talk about what they have seen, together with the parents whose children have died and young people who have been injured on the roads, it was incredibly impactful.
Finally, well done to the Kent Police Male Voice Choir, who put on a fantastic show at Rochester Cathedral last week, together with an orchestra. If you haven’t seen them before, they are rather good!