The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent has announced almost a hundred new police jobs with a corresponding increase in council tax to pay for them. David Johns reports, speaking to PCC Ann Barnes and Kent Chief Constable Ian Learmonth
Plans to hire 20 police constables and 60 community support officers for "less than a copper a day" have been announced by Kent's police and crimecommissioner.
Ann Barnes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the county, also said they hope to recruit 18 custody attendants at a cost to the average household through their police council tax of £2.79 more a year or 5p extra a week.
The announcement comes as Kent Police faces losing 449 serving officers and 750 civilian staff over a four-year period as it grapples with making millions ofpounds in enforced savings.
But Ms Barnes said the proposed boost in uniformed officer numbers would still make a difference.
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, is to announce her intention to boost police visibility by seeking to fund recruitment of nearly 100 more posts. Mrs Barnes will make the announcement alongside Chief Constable Ian Learmonth at Kent Police College Lecture Theatre this morning.
The additional posts will consist of 60 Police Community Support Officers, 20 Police Constables and 18 Custody Attendants. Most of these posts could be introduced countywide by the 30th June this year. This move would equate to six uniformed officers/PCSOs on the beat per district.