Violence Reduction Challenge
The PCC Matthew Scott has made tackling violence a priority for Kent Police, and he has pledged to enhance services for victims of crime and abuse.
When the Government published its national Serious Violence Strategy in 2018, the PCC was keen to see what could be done locally here in Kent. He launched a Violence Reduction Challenge - a year-long study working with victims, residents, charities, statutory bodies and others to learn about people’s experiences of violent crime, its causes, and how it can be tackled.
A report detailing the finding and recommendations outcomes of the VRC will be published here in due course, but prior to that the PCC has already announced he is creating a new Violence Reduction Fund to support relevant community schemes; and the formation of a multi-agency Medway Taskforce to tackle some of the underlying causes of violent crime in that area.