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Policing Minister hears how partners are working together in Thanet

Insp Sharon Adley from Kent Police, Andrew Bigginton from the Margate Task Force, PCC Matthew Scott and Policing and Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP
The Policing and Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP has been hearing how agencies are working together to improve residents’ quality of life in Thanet.
Mr Lewis, the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, was among those attending an event for community safety bosses across the East of England along with Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott. The Margate Task Force - which is made up of 14 partners including Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Thanet District Council, probation services and the local NHS – led a workshop at the event to share best practice with other force areas.
Mr Scott said:

‘We all want to be Safer in Kent, but Kent Police cannot tackle crime and antisocial behaviour alone. Some of the causes of local issues are very complex and that’s where partnership working plays such a crucial role.
‘I’ve met the Margate Task Force team several times now and am very supportive of their efforts to help families with health and social issues. Today’s event was a great opportunity for the Margate Task Force to share some of their knowledge and experience with others across the region. We can all learn from each other and I’m sure Mr Lewis and my PCC colleagues took some innovative ideas away from what they heard today.’

The Safer Communities through Stronger Partnerships in the East event, in Cambridge, was organised by the East of England Local Government Association to showcase developing a multi-agency approach to prevent and address complex community safety and crime challenges.

Andrew Bigginton from the Margate Task Force said:

'The conference was a fantastic opportunity to share the work of our integrated partnership and impart our experiences when dealing with individuals, families or areas suffering health or social inequalities.'

Mr Scott added:

‘As PCCs we have a central role in working alongside local agencies including local councils, the health sector, probation services, fire and rescue service and the criminal justice system, to ensure there is a joined-up approach to preventing and reducing crime.’

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