Panel commends PCC for his 'extremely thorough' Annual Report
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Matthew Scott, has been praised for publishing an ‘extremely thorough’ and ‘very informative’ annual report.
Presenting his 2017/18 report to the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel on 19 July, Mr Scott said:
Highlighting some of the ways he has supported victims of crime, Mr Scott continued:
‘We were able to increase the number of police officers by 70 in Kent to provide the Chief Constable with enough flex to deliver on his new operating model, and keep our 300 PCSOs as they’re an important part of community policing.
‘The Crime Survey of England and Wales - the only reliable measure of crime in this country - shows that crime has been stable. We also know that incidents of anti-social behaviour reported to Kent Police in 2017 were down by 22%.’
These and plenty more examples of the work of Mr Scott and his office in 2017/18 are contained within his 29-page annual report. All PCCs are required to submit a report to their local Police and Crime Panel each year.
‘I have doubled the amount of funding available for restorative justice and I have commissioned a new provider, Restorative Solutions, who are now doing more work with victims of crime to hold offenders to account. This is proven way of reducing re-offending.
‘We also, with Kent County Council, bid for money from the Government to provide independent domestic violence advisors working in maternity units and accident and emergency units to give victims and their families immediate support, and more opportunities to report domestic violence.
‘The outcome data from my Mental Health and Policing Fund has been positive too. In Deal, Talk it Out’s well-being style café has managed to reduce the number of crisis calls from its client base by three-quarters. The Dover Outreach Centre has been providing cognitive behavioural therapy with rough-sleepers and that has led to 9 out of 13 people who received the training not contacting the police again.’
The chairman of the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel Mike Hill described it as a ‘very full, well-written report’. Vice-chairman Gurvinder Sandher labelled it ‘very informative’.
Independent panel member Fay Gooch said:
’We’ve got an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner with a first class team.
‘I think your report is extremely thorough and comprehensive.’