Diary: 19 March 2018

Diary: 19 March 2018

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 could help with. I will be writing a fuller blog on this soon.

The Chief Constable and I have now launched the campaign to help recruit an extra 200 Police Officers next year. As you will know, this has been made possible by my decisions to increase council tax by £1 a month, reduce my Office costs and release money from reserves. Kent Police is contributing by finding over £9m of savings next year. The #MoreThanTheBadge campaign can be found on social media now!

I have started doing live Facebook question and answer sessions, which I then release as The Police and Crime Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and on the web. The next session is this Thursday (22nd) at 4:30pm. Find the feed and all the links at matthewscott.org.uk/pod.

The Mental Health and Policing Fund is open again for applications from charities, community groups and others. It’s designed to provide services that will help reduce demand on Officers and Staff as a result of cases involving mental health, whether that be by preventing vulnerable people from becoming victims or alternative places of safety. Find out more at: www.kent-PCC.gov.uk. It closes on 27th March.

My cyber bullying survey is still available to complete online for young people to let me know their views on the problem. If you work with young people or have young family members, please help spread this link widely. I’ve had over 5000 responses already: http://bit.ly/KentCyberSurvey.

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