The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (section 7) sets the statutory requirement for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to have a Police and Crime Plan.
The Police and Crime Plan set by the PCC in consultation with the Chief Constable is called ‘Making Kent Safer’ which sets out the priorities that will drive the work of the force, partners and the PCC’s resources between 2022 and 2025, and the overall strategic direction for policing and community safety in the county.
The Making Kent Safer Plan complements the joint Mission, Vision, Values and Priorities of the Force and in order to drive operational and long-term priorities for crime prevention, intelligence and enforcement, the Chief Constable sets out a Control Strategy each year which is adjusted and re-aligned to meet any change in policing demand identified through intelligence analysis, highlighting key areas of policing. The Control Strategy for 2022/2023 holds Violence Against Women and Girls and Child Centred Policing at the very heart of this with particular focus on vulnerability, exploitation, high harm crime, serious violence and abuse.
The seven key priorities of the Making Kent Safer Plan are:
Work with residents, communities and businesses to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
Tackle violence against women and girls
Protect people from exploitation and abuse
Combat organised crime and county lines
Be visible and responsive to the needs of communities
Prevent road danger and support Vision Zero
Protect young people and provide opportunities
Aims of the report.
This report centres around the 7 priorities of the Making Kent Safer Plan and aims to focus on how the Force has delivered against the priorities in the period November 2022 – January 2023.