Policing Minister impressed with focus on mental health in Kent
The Police and Fire Minister Nick Hurd MP has praised the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner’s commitment to prioritise mental health.
Following a visit to Kent Police Headquarters on 13 July, Mr Hurd said he was impressed with the fact Matthew Scott was prioritising improving the way the police interacts with those in mental health crisis.
The PCC Mr Scott said afterwards:
‘I’ve been working hard to ensure that people in mental health crisis in Kent have access to the right support from the right people at the right time. It’s not just about reducing the demand on Kent Police, but also about vulnerable people getting the support they need from the most appropriate person.’
During his visit Mr Hurd also met with Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon and the Chief Executive of Kent Fire and Rescue, Ann Millington. He watched a presentation by the Margate Task Force on how different agencies work together in Kent to share information and tackle gang-related crime, and toured Kent’s joint police and fire control room.
Mr Scott added:
‘It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Hurd to Kent and to explain to him what we’re doing here. I hope he heard some good ideas and saw some good examples of best practice to take back to Westminster with him.’