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.

Topics covered at the last panel

The panel last met on 19 July 2018.

The main report considered by the panel was the commissioner’s annual report for 2017/18. The commissioner told the panel that finances were sound and that good progress was being made towards the objectives set out in his Police and Crime plan. He pointed particularly to the way in which the Chief Constable had introduced a new policing model to provide both specialist support where required but also maintaining a focus on neighbourhood policing. The panel were pleased to hear that officer numbers were increasing and that PCSO numbers were being maintained. The panel noted the work the commissioner was doing to make people aware of cyber-bullying and encouraged him to do more as this type of crime was increasing. The panel also noted that the commissioner had supported a number of restorative justice projects which, in the commissioner’s view, was having a positive impact on the level of re-offending.

The panel noted that the capital budget had been significantly underspent and sought assurances from the commissioner that, in future, there would be better monitoring to ensure that spending was more in line with the budget.

The panel commended the Force on its performance as set out in the annual report and commended particularly the fact that, in recent years all assessments of the Force’s general performance by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services had rated the Force good or outstanding

The commissioner had offered to report to the Panel to explain in detail how he held the Chef Constable to account. He drew attention to the Performance and Delivery Board, which he chaired and held in public, but also explained that he had regular meetings with the Chief Constable to review performance and also to consider any reports by independent bodies that had implications for the Force. He explained that his staff attended a number of Force meetings to provide him with information that could be used to monitor Force performance.

The commissioner provided an update on his work on mental health and the panel were pleased to hear that the commissioner was working with other agencies to encourage them to meet their obligations.

The panel were pleased to note that, in the last 12 months, there had been no complaints made against the commissioner that required consideration by the Complaints Sub-Panel and noted that, compared to other commissioners, there was a very low level of complaints.

This summary gives a brief indication of the main points discussed by the panel. It is not a formal record - this can be found in the papers presented to the panel and the minutes of the panel meeting

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