Last night I held my latest Bluelight Jobs Fair in Swanley, attended by scores of local residents.
Hosted at the Orchards Academy, attendees were able to meet a number of Kent Police teams, including the firearms officers, dogs unit, roads policing unit and Special Constables, and hear about all the roles available as Officers and Staff.
What was different about this event compared to many others is that it was more than just a police recruitment event – I invited a range of partners from the emergency services and criminal justice service. This included:
- Kent Fire and Rescue Service
- South East Coast Ambulance Service
- National Crime Agency
- HM Prisons and Probation
- Border Force
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Independent Sexual Violence Advisors Service (Family Matters)
In addition, people could learn about volunteering opportunities with:
- Kent Search and Rescue
- Victim Support
- Appropriate Adults (Young Lives Foundation)
- Kent Police Cadets
- Restorative Justice
Jobs fairs are not a new concept – Kent MPs run them as do Jobcentre Plus. But I’m the first PCC in the country to organise something of this scale just for the Bluelight services.
Policing is on a massive recruitment drive right now; with Kent Police having been so for two years already. There’ll be 450 more Police in Kent by the end of this year, following the financial decisions I have taken. Kent will get another 147 funded by the Home Office in the next eighteen months.
It’s important therefore that I do my bit through these events and also my regular tours around the county, when I often take someone from the recruitment team with me to meet more people.
Thank you to everyone who made last night a success, including my own team who did a wonderful job.
Watch this space. The next one will be in East Kent in the Spring!