In this episode, I talk about my Budget plan for 2019/20, which will see Kent Police recruit another 180 Police Officers next year. This will mean that by 2020, I’ll have boosted Police numbers by 450.
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In the last three years, I have worked hard to provide Kent Police with the resources they need to fight crime, catch criminals and be visible in our towns and villages.
I’ve delivered 270 more police officers. I’ve protected all 300 PCSOs. 101 waiting times are starting to come down.
There’s more help for victims of crime. And I helped fund the return of Police cadets.
We are all so grateful for the hard work of Kent Police officers, staff and volunteers. They do difficult and dangerous things to keep us safe, day in, day out.
But with the extra demand they face we simply need more of them.
With your support, as council tax payers, I would like to do more. So I’m proposing this:
For an increase in the policing element of council tax of £2 a month for a Band D property in 2019/20, I can provide Kent Police with another 180 fully warranted police officers.
This is not about just replacing those who leave, but continuing the biggest recruitment drive in Kent Police’s history.
I don’t take decisions to increase your council tax lightly. I always make sure your money is well spent and Kent Police will have to make £10m of efficiency savings next year too.
More officers will enable Kent Police to catch even more criminals, target gangs and violence, boost visible policing and help more victims.
My plan means that by next year there will be 450 more police officers in Kent than when I was elected. I’ll also have funded over 100 police staff posts too.
I hope that you can support this.
Let me know your views by emailing email@example.com.