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

The panel:

  • 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.

The meeting on 14 June was the first meeting with the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott.

The Panel heard details from Mr Scott of his 6-point plan and its focus on reducing crime, tackling mental health issues and enhancing mobile policing. The Commissioner explained his decision to approve grants to Community Safety Partnerships for 2016/17 but said that he intended to review the procedure to give them greater certainty about future finance. The Commissioner told the Panel of his decision to provide the Force with additional finance to help clear a backlog of applications for firearms licences. The Panel asked the Commissioner a range of questions about his plans in respect of visible policing, support for community safety partnerships, 20mph speed limit zones.

The Panel considered and supported the Commissioner’s proposal to retain his Chief of Staff in office for a further two years and also agreed to re-appoint the two existing Independent members of the Panel for a further period of 4 years.

The Panel has set up a sub-panel to consider any complaints made against the Police and Crime Commissioner.