Mike meets Ann Barnes the new Kent Police & Crime Commissioner

News from Medway Council website

Medway Community Safety Partnership Chair Cllr Mike O’Brien has met with the new Kent Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss policing matters.

They met shortly after Mrs Barnes was sworn in as Kent first Police and Crime Commissioner at a special meeting on Thursday.

Police and Crime Commissioners are now accountable for how crime is tackled in their area.

Cllr O’Brien said he welcomed Mrs Barnes to her new role and the setting up of a police and crime Panel to provide appropriate checks and balances to the powers of the Commissioner.

The Panel will have the power of veto over the appointment, suspension and dismissal of the Chief Constable and over the policing budget.

Councillor O’Brien said: ‘Community safety is a key priority for our residents in Medway. We all want to feel safe and secure on our streets and in our homes, and our Community Safety Partnership Plan outlines our aims and objectives to make our community a safer place to live, work and socialise.

‘I want to reassure Mrs Barnes of our commitment to working in partnership, to ensure that all agencies are operating effectively together to reduce criminal behaviour, reduce reoffending, and tackle antisocial behaviour.‘

Medway’s Community Safety Partnership Plan has listed priorities for the coming year that it hopes to work with Mrs Barnes to deliver.

The CSP will continue to consult with residents, through the Partners and Communities Together (PACT), and Schools and Communities Together (SACT) meetings.

In addition, it will also commit to holding a wider public consultation event that will enable all residents to engage with the Community Safety Partnership.

Strategic priorities for the CSP this year are tackling drug and alcohol abuse, crime and disorder related to the night-time economy and theft and shoplifting in villages and towns.

Cllr O’Brien said: ‘I aim to work in partnership with our new PCC and together we will strive to reduce reoffending, protect vulnerable victims, reduce deaths and injuries on our roads and improve the local street scene to improve the safety and quality of life for the people who live, work and visit Medway.’

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