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National Crime and Policing Measures
Police and Crime Commissioners are required to provide a statement on the contribution of their force to achieving improvements against the national policing priorities. These were introduced in early 2021 and use a baseline of year ending June 2019. The measures under the national crime and policing measures are:
This information will follow the guidance of providing a reflection on force performance for each measure with a comparison to the baseline. Data taken from the National Digital Crime and Performance Pack, the most recent date period provided is up to the Rolling Year November 2022, unless otherwise stated:
Reduce Murder and Other homicide
Reduce Serious Violence
Knife related offences
Violence with Injury
There have been 18212 offences, an increase of 1093 (+6.4%) on the previous 12 months, however this is below the June 2019 baseline of 20241 offences, down -10.0%, -2029 offences.
There have been 1310 offences, an increase of 171 (+15.0%) on the previous 12 months, however current performance is below the June 2019 baseline of 1982 offences, down -33.9%, -672 offences.
The force has been awarded three years funding under GRIP to tackle serious violent hotspots. The GRIP activity is two-fold: 15 minute visible patrolling activity and long term problem solving plans. These activities are concentrated in the 29 GRIP funded hotspots across Kent and Medway. My Community Voice is being used to inform and engage communities and will enable consultation to be carried out to understand what matters most to the communities we serve.
Disrupt drugs supply and County lines
Total drug offences are broken down into trafficking and possession of drugs exc. Cannabis and Possession of Cannabis:
Reduce neighbourhood crime
Improve satisfaction among victims, with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse
The force conducts three satisfaction surveys: Domestic Abuse, Hate Crime and Rape, all surveys are analysed and utilised as part of a continuous feedback, learning and improvement process, to ensure the quality of our service to victims and witnesses is first-class.
In seeking to continually improve, the contextual data from these important victim surveys are available within the force intranet, accessible to those responsible for the delivery of investigations to better understand the service victims have received. Victim Satisfaction also features in the key Force Performance Committee, which is chaired by the Deputy Chief Constable and meets on a monthly basis.
Tackle Cyber Crime
There is no local or national data for the first metric about confidence by the Police in response to cyber-crime. Therefore, a proxy measure of the number of recorded online/cyber-crimes where the victim is an organisation has been used. In the rolling year to November 2022 there have been 80 online related offences where the victim is an organisation, a decrease of 6 (-6.3%) on the previous 12 months period.
Providing visible and local policing is at the heart of the policing model and remains a priority for Kent Police. Engagement is a fundamental part of neighbourhood policing and it is vital that the Force are responsive to the needs of the different communities by continuing to adapt and ensure the channels of communication are accessible for all. Each of the 13 Districts is served by their own dedicated Local Policing Teams and Community Safety Units. CSUs focus on prevention, deterrence and community engagement, working in partnership to problem solve local issues, particularly where there is vulnerability and community-based crime and ASB. There are now an additional 28 school officers working across 68 schools in the county.