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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.

While the Government has published its own national Serious Violence Strategy, the PCC is keen to see what can be done locally here in Kent. He has 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.

Mr Scott said:

‘I am bringing together a wide group of people and organisations from different sectors so we can put together a collective response to the issues that we face. But first, I want to hear from victims and residents so we know exactly what those issues are.
‘While crime has fallen since 2010, there are statistical trends which tell us that numbers of some violent crimes have risen in recent years, though many of those additional ‘violent crimes’ relate to incidents in which no-one was physically injured. This national definition of what constitutes a ‘violent crime’ can be confusing at times.'

The Challenge began with an opportunity for victims, partner agencies and the wider public to provide evidence to the PCC about the issues affecting Kent along with suggestions of what can be done about them.

This evidence is now being considered by a small core steering group made up of representatives of the emergency services and local councils, and chaired by the PCC. The first of these steering group meetings took place on 25 July with another scheduled for mid-September.

A larger advisory panel is meeting in public at venues across Kent too. The first of these meetings was held in Kings Hill on 17 August. The next will be in Canterbury on 19 October.

A final report with recommendations will be published in mid-2019.

call for evidence

Please use the form below to submit any evidence you feel would be relevant to the PCC for discussion by his core steering group. You do not have to answer all the questions.

If you have any documents which you wish to submit along with your responses, they can be emailed separately to us, as attachments, to [email protected]

The deadline has been extended. Submissions will continue to be accepted until further notice.
A link to the Serious Violence Strategy is given further up this page.
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