Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel
The Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel reviews and reports on the actions and decisions of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott.
The panel has 20 members, made up of councillors from each district council in Kent, Medway Council and Kent County Council, together with 2 independent members.
Kent County Council hosts the panel and provides advice and support to panel members.
The panel's role
- reviews all aspects of the Police and Crime Commissioner's work and reviews and reports on the Commissioner's actions and decisions
- approves the precept (the money the Police and Crime Commissioner wants to raise through Council Tax to pay for policing)
- reviews the person who the Commissioner proposes to appoint as Chief Constable, the Commissioner's Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer
- reviews the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan and the Commissioner's annual report.
The panel Chairman is Mike Hill, OBE and the Vice-Chairman is Gurvinder Sandher.
Topics covered at the last panel
The panel last met on 15 November 2017.
The commissioner explained some of the projects that had been funded. One project was designed to increase young people’s understanding of cyber-crime and of the importance of staying safe online. There were also projects to encourage young people to set up businesses and to promote community cohesion.
The panel was supportive of these projects but wanted to understand how benefits would be assessed.
The commissioner reported to the panel on how the “Opportunities for the Future” in his Safer in Kent Plan were being developed. The commissioner explained that his efforts to secure a fairer funding settlement for Kent depended on decisions by Government which were difficult to anticipate.
The commissioner told the panel about the progress in establishing a Police Cadet Scheme in 5 areas across the county and received support from the panel for the further development of this scheme. The panel were pleased to be told that the commissioner had positively engaged with the Ambulance Service, as well as the various collaboration arrangements with other police forces.
The panel asked the commissioner about the suggestions of an anti-social behaviour unit and of using CCTV to combat anti-social behaviour, both of which had received support in the commissioner’s public consultation. The commissioner said he was working on these ideas.
The panel were also given an update on the project to establish an integrated national communication system for the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services. The panel sought and received assurances that Kent’s planning was well advanced and that there were both operational and some financial contingencies in place in the event of any delay. The commissioner explained his oversight arrangements to the panel and assured the panel that finance for the Kent police element of the project was in place.
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