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Violence Reduction Challenge

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 begins with a month-long 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 will be considered by a small core steering group made up of representatives of the emergency services and local councils, and chaired by the PCC.

A larger advisory panel will meet in public at venues across Kent too, with the first of these meetings scheduled to be held in West Kent in mid-August.

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 for submissions is Wednesday, July 18 2018.
A link to the Serious Violence Strategy is given further up this page.
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