PCC welcomes news of 5,000 fewer incidents of antisocial behaviour
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed news that antisocial behaviour is down 11% across the county.
Matthew Scott is elected to hold the Kent Police Chief Constable to account, including in public at his quarterly Performance and Delivery Board.
Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, who has been tasked by the PCC to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, told Mr Scott at a meeting on 6 December:
Mr Scott welcomed the reduction, saying:
‘There is currently an 11% reduction in antisocial behaviour in the 12 month period up to October 2017. This equates to just over 5,000 fewer incidents right across the whole county in both rural and urban areas.
‘Success in reducing antisocial behaviour is delivered through effective partnership working, using new methods such as Public Space Protection Orders and Community Protection Notices.’
At the same time Kent Police has seen a total increase in recorded crime of 26.5%, which equates to 32,340 extra crimes, but CC Pughsley emphasised this was a national trend. He also told the PCC the rise could be attributed to better crime recording accuracy and the public’s trust and confidence in reporting incidents to Kent Police.
‘It’s really good news and it’s good to see the acknowledgement that crime and antisocial behaviour is important no matter where it takes place.’
Mr Scott recognised this, but sought assurances that victims were getting the best possible service.
On hearing that 87% of domestic abuse victims, and 79% of hate crime victims, said they were satisfied with Kent Police’s service, Mr Scott recognised the high number of satisfied victims but asked:
Out of a total number of 570 hate crime victims surveyed, CC Pughsley said the number of dissatisfied survey respondents was around 100. Often those people either said they felt they had not been kept sufficiently updated by the investigating officers, or they were unhappy with the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to prosecute the suspect.
‘If one-in-five surveyed hate crime victims aren’t currently happy with the service they’ve received, can you provide some context of how many people that represents?'
CC Pughsley said Kent Police does look at the quality and timeliness of its updates but he accepted the hate crime victims’ satisfaction rate could be higher and he told Mr Scott he has triggered an internal review to look into this as a result.
However, he also assured the PCC that:
‘All of our victims, with your financial support, are offered support from Victim Support services and only a very small percentage of them choose not to accept that support.’