Busy summer listening to residents and ensuring their needs are met
Listening to residents and ensuring their needs are met is one of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s main jobs.
So Kent’s PCC Matthew Scott has spent much of the summer touring the county and chatting to local people at street stalls and large-scale events.
A busy two months began with the Kent Police public Open Day which was attended by 13,000 people on 2 July. Mr Scott also funded Kent Police’s return to the Kent County Show, where he spoke to some of the show’s 80,000 visitors about rural crime and anti-social behaviour.
In August Mr Scott pitched up his street stalls in numerous town centres including:
‘I feel it is very important that I get out of the office and speak to real people about their concerns and to understand what is happening in our communities. From talking to them, it is clear people want to see visible neighbourhood policing and effective roads policing – and so I’ve made that a priority for the Chief Constable to deliver – but many people have also been keen to talk about the other challenges Kent Police faces protecting vulnerable people, like domestic abuse victims and those with mental ill health.’
He has also visited a mosque in Canterbury, schools in Swanley, Margate and Ashford and high-footfall shopping centres such as Bluewater, Chatham’s Pentagon Centre and the Dockside Shopping Outlet to hand out copies of his Annual Policing Survey.
- Kings Hill
- Tunbridge Wells
Mr Scott added:
‘The survey is available on my website and offers residents the chance to tell me what crime types matter most to them as well as give their views on council tax and collaboration. Of course, not everyone is online and so the street stalls and these community visits have offered people an opportunity to pick up a hard copy and talk to me face-to-face.’