Click video. A Commons select committee of MPs has heavily criticised Kent Police Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes. In its first report on the work of commissioners, it describes her decision to appoint a Youth Commissioner - who later resigned - as a 'fiasco'.
Ann Barnes has announced that Kent's team of Special Constables will have the police part of their council tax paid for them, by the force, from 2014.
She says although the money is what she calls "a drop in the ocean" it's an important thank-you gesture to the officers, who are all unpaid volunteers. David Johns has the story.
He talks to Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, Special Constable Mohammed Rahman, Kent PCC Ann Barnes, Chief Officer of Kent Special Constabulary Gavin McKinnon, and Special Constable Jason Bushell.
Special Constables in Kent are to have part of their council tax paid for by the force, from 2014. The announcement was made at a ceremony to add new recruits to the ranks of the volunteer police officers.
Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner explains why she's made the decision.
These are ordinary men and women who do an extraordinary thing - they give up an enormous amount of their own time often whilst juggling ‘the day job’ and play a significant part in frontline policing as volunteers. They are an inspiration to all of us and their dedication and commitment to keeping our streets safe is second to none.’
The Police and Crime Commisioner for Kent has announced a bonus for special constables. Ann Barnes says she will acknowledge the work done by the volunteers by arranging for them not to pay part of the council tax.
The move will be in place from April 2014 onwards and will apply to all Special Constables who have provided two years of service and meet other criteria.
Kent's embattled youth crime commissioner Paris Brown stood down today - two days after it was revealed that she'd posted a series of offensive messages on Twitter. The above report from Nashreen Issa contains flashing images.
"I have made the decision after a great deal of thought and consultation with my family. As I made clear at the weekend, I accept that I have made comments on social networking sites which have offended many people. I am really sorry for any offence caused.
"I strongly reiterate that I am not racist or homophobic. I have fallen into the trap of behaving with bravado on social networking sites. I hope that this this may stand as a learning experience for many other young people.
"I would like to thank those people who have sent messages of support and understanding. I wish the Commissioner, Kent Police and the person eventually appointed to this role every success".
Ann Barnes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent: "I take responsibility for everything that happens on my watch, good or bad.
"It is personally sad for Paris and her family. An enthusiastic young woman with exceptional skills and a proven track record in working with young people has ended up in a position where she has turned down the job of a lifetime for her.
"There have been calls for me to resign I am not a quitter by nature. Some have said that this has damaged by reputation To them I say this: reputations are made as much by your actions when things are tough.
"We worked with the best of intentions but sadly on this occasion it hasn't worked out".