4. Priorities for the Chief Constable (1. To work with communities to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour)
Review of 2022/2023
The following pages deal with the priorities I asked the Chief Constable to deliver
Considering the enormity and complexity of policing across the county, from numerous possible options, the following have been selected to illustrate how the Chief Constable has delivered on my priorities.
Work with residents, communities and businesses to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
Crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) are issues that residents, communities and local businesses care deeply about. Kent Police must ensure it has the right resources with the right skills to deliver effective long term solutions and where necessary, investigate and bring to justice those who harm individuals and businesses.
Levels of recorded crime and ASB:
April to March
Victim based crime
Formed in February 2019, the Chief Constables’ Crime Squad is a dedicated team of officers which investigate serious acquisitive crime offences, including burglary and robbery. In 2022/23, the Crime Squad executed 171 warrants, made more than 260 arrests, laid in excess of 550 charges and secured 345 years in court sentences.
Example: The Crime Squad investigated an aggravated burglary offence in Sevenoaks where the offenders entered a house by force, armed with firearms and weapons and caused injuries to those inside whilst stealing money and items of property. Within three weeks the officers identified, conducted warrants and secured charges against seven individuals who originated from different parts of London.