Commissioner delivers on manifesto pledge to boost rural policing in Kent

25 October 2013

A major new initiative to boost police visibility across the county was today launched by Ann Barnes, Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner. The Commissioner pressed the button on a fleet of 'Mobile Police Contact Points' that will make 360 visits to 180 locations in the county each month.

The new initiative will allow members of the public to report a crime or anti-social behaviour, meet their local Police Community Support Officers and discuss any local policing issues or concerns they have. The Mobile Police Contact Points can also be used by partner agencies.

The launch of the Commissioner's manifesto pledge took place at New Romney Marsh alongside the Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police, Alan Pughsley, Assistant Chief Constable, Rob Price, and representatives from partner agencies.

The Police Contact Points will operate on Wednesdays through to Sundays including the daytime, evenings and weekends, spending approximately 90 minutes in each location. They will also cover urban areas where there is a perception of a lack of police presence.

They will be phased in, two per month, between July and September. The first two will go live on Wednesday the 3rd July in East Kent, followed by the 7th August in West Kent, and the 4th September in North Kent. From October there will be an on-going rolling programme around the county, and depending on public feedback locations will be changed.

All future locations and times will be advertised locally and can also be viewed on the Kent Police website www.kent.police.uk

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner said: 'I'm absolutely delighted to launch my manifesto pledge. I made a promise to the electorate that I would make it easier for communities to access their local policing services and I never break a promise. We are now one step closer to increasing visibility in isolated rural areas and increasing a police uniformed presence on the streets. Now local people can access their local officers in an easy way and get the help and advice they need. I'm always out and about in the county and I know how important visible community policing is to people of Kent and that's why I am absolutely delighted to see this initiative come to fruition.'

Assistant Chief Constable, Rob Price said: 'Visibility is an important part of the policing service. Kent Police also believes in being as accessible as possible to the public we serve, and there have never been more ways to contact us. This initiative is an important part of extending that reach further, and provides a local police contact service to a greater number of people.'