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Putting victims first
New service for gang victims
I have launched a new service in Kent, designed to prevent vulnerable young people falling victim to things like exploitation and county line drug gangs. Catch22 has been employed to provide one-to-one specialist support for youngsters who’ve been victims of this sort of abuse and exploitation across Kent and Medway. 
Extra help for domestic abuse and sexual violence victims
I’ve secured £450,000 from the Government to provide six more independent domestic violence and sexual violence advisers in Kent, for twi years.
Plans to put victims back at the heart of the justice system
Draft legislation published today by the Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab will pave the way for the first ever Victims’ Law – putting their needs and voices firmly at the heart of the justice system. It will see victims’ views sought at regular points during their case, with greater accountability placed on agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police for the service they provide to them. Victims will also be given clearer routes of redress if they do not receive the support they are entitled to.
Insight: Kent Police performance
HMICFRS are the independent inspectors of policing. They examine every Force on key issues, and do topical reviews of important matters to compare the policing response.
Kent has had it’s annual inspection, looking at efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy. This year’s report had some positive aspects to it. They were again outstanding at recording crime and good at prevention, value for money, protecting the workforce and engagement with the public.
However, there are some areas for improvement. The approach to protecting vulnerable people was just adequate. And disappointingly, investigation, offender management and response “require improvement”.
I have met with both the Chief and Deputy Chief Constable about these issues and the Force response. There is an improvement plan being put in place and a number of actions have already been taken, including the introduction of rapid video technology, dedicated domestic abuse liaison officers and proactive targeting of perpetrators.
I will hold the Chief Constable to account for the improvement plan at my in public meetings so that you can see transparently what is happening and the questions being asked.
What I will add is that there was an awful lot of positive work that the Force does do on burglary, robbery and county lines, which wasn’t covered and so they did not get the credit for. Well done to the Officers and Staff involved in these positive pieces of work and the good practice that what discovered by the inspection. You can read the report here.
Crime fighting tweets #MakingKentSafer
Kent Police Ashford
Some great pro active work from @N_Watch (Pete New) has seen this stolen moped recovered by PCSO's in Kennington. Yet again this shows the importance of intelligence-led policing and strong communication with our partnering agencies. Top work @N_Watch 💪🏼 LJ
Kent Police RPU
#RPU1 have located a stolen vehicle in @KentPoliceMaid this morning which was stolen 10 days ago from area in @metpoliceuk. The vehicle was displaying false registration plates. That didn't stop eagle eyed #TD25 from recovering the vehicle back to its owner. #NotInOurCounty DC
Kent Police Medway
Three drug dealers have been jailed for dealing class A drugs in #Medway. Read the full story here:
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