Kent Police to embark on biggest recruitment drive for a generation

Contributed by editor on Feb 13, 2018 - 08:15 AM


Matthew Scott has empowered the Chief Constable to embark upon Kent Police’s most significant recruitment drive for a generation, after his 2018/19 funding proposal was approved.


Outlining his proposal to the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel at a meeting on 8 February, the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Scott said: ‘This will boost the frontline quite substantially.

‘We’ll be able to recruit up to 200 new police officers next year with a commitment from the Chief Constable that a substantial number of those will go into supporting local policing. We’ll also be increasing the number of officers dedicated to rural policing and also roads policing.

‘We’ll be recruiting more than 80 members of police staff, a substantial number of which will go into the Force Control Room to improve the performance of 999 calls and 101.


‘This is the most significant recruitment drive for a generation - something really positive.’

The officers and staff will be paid for by increasing an average Band D property’s council tax bill by £1 a month –which members of the public have told the PCC they are prepared to pay.



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