PCC launches policing survey on World Mental Health Day
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking people which policing priorities matter most to them.
As he prepares to write his Police and Crime Plan for 2017-2021, Matthew Scott has published a short public survey as part of a wider consultation process. The survey was launched on World Mental Health Day (10 October) in honour of the fact that mental health is the ‘golden thread’ that runs through the current plan.
Mr Scott said:
'Mental health is not only an issue I care deeply about, but also one that has become much more important within the police and criminal justice system. It is estimated that a third of police time is now spent dealing with people who have a mental health issue and it is in everyone’s interests to ensure there is an effective response.
'The existing Police and Crime Plan ends on 31 March 2017, to be replaced with a new plan for 2017 - 2021. I have a duty to consult with victims and the wider community so I want to know what matters most to you.
'Please take the time to fill out my short survey and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to fill one in as well.'
The survey is available online and paper copies can be requested by calling the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01622 604343. The deadline for responses is 2 December 2016.
Mr Scott added: 'The survey is only one part of my wider consultation into policing and the criminal justice system in Kent. I will also be meeting with partner agencies to seek their views and I’ll be out and about in town centres and shopping centres across Kent talking to people face-to-face.
'Please remember that the plan only sets the strategic priorities for Kent Police – it cannot amend or change the way officers are deployed or the way operational decisions are made. These are matters for the Chief Constable to determine.
'My job is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the plan and its strategic objectives on your behalf.'