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Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner will not stand for re-election

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes will not be standing for re-election.

She announced the decision on her website today.

Anne Barnes won't stand for re-election Credit: ITV News

"As election day approaches for the next PCC I have decided that I will not be a candidate. Fifteen years – including, since 2012, service in this intense and all-consuming role – is probably long enough, and I am content that I have delivered what I said I would and Kent Police is in a very strong and sustainable position for the future. To those putting themselves forward for election in May I give you this advice. Be prepared to work around the clock. This is not a part-time position. It is an all-consuming role that requires and deserves that attention. Listen to the public. They elect us into post, and ultimately they know best about what they want and the service they receive.

Support the officers and staff delivering the service. They are incredible people doing an amazing job. When you have to challenge, remember that mistakes can happen and look at the intentions as well as the actions of those involved. Put the people of Kent first, not Westminster, not a political party, not yourself."

– Ann Barnes

Residents asked if they'll pay more for policing

Residents encouraged to have their say on policing in Dorset Credit: Dorset Police

Do you think council tax should increase - or stay the same? That's what residents in Dorset are being asked by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

It relates to the police precept- a percentage of Council Tax that funds policing in the area. The force say a rise would allow them to better protect vulnerable people.

Residents have just six days left to share their views. So far, over 2,500 people have taken part and Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is urging more people to get involved in helping him decide which option to take.

Policing requires constant investment to allow officers to keep up with ever changing techniques being adopted by criminals. It is also important we balance the needs of the police service with the financial demands on families in Dorset. This small increase would enable the force to invest in three key areas which are of concern to many of us.”

– Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

If residents were to vote in favour of a rise, this would be invested in three key areas:

  • Protecting vulnerable people (e.g. greater investment in protecting the elderly, in child sexual exploitation investigation and in combating domestic abuse)
  • Emerging threats (e.g. improving capability in catching online cyber criminals)
  • Increased public access to police (e.g. investment in the 101 service, increasing policing digital platforms and online access)

Dorset Police are urging residents to visit www.dorsetpoliceprecept.com to take part.

Kent's crime commissioner to appoint youth group

Kent's police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Kent's police and crime commissioner is scrapping the controversial post of Youth Commissioner after two appointments were hit by scandal.

But plans to instead spend the Youth Commissioner budget on a 'Youth Advisory Group' are under attack, with one MP describing the proposal as a waste of public money.

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Shaping the future of policing in Kent

A summit has been held to discuss the future of policing in Kent.

Representatives from local councils, Neighbourhood Watch and members of the public met at Kent Police Training School in Maidstone to offer their thoughts on how to tackle crime in the face of tough budget cuts.

The force faces having to save another £61million over the next 4 years, on top of the £50million already saved since 2011.

Speakers included Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, Chief Constable Alan Pughsley and members of the Kent Criminal Justice Board and Victim Support.

Tackling crime in Kent in the face of stiff budget cuts Credit: Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner
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Row after Channel 4 PCC documentary

It's been described as "car crash" TV. A documentary about Ann Barnes, Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, that was shown on Channel 4 last night, prompted astonishment from viewers and disappointment from the Force.

Today Mrs Barnes says she's disappointed in the way the programme was put together, and frustrated that the good work of her office was not sufficiently highlighted.

David Johns reports, speaking to Mark Reckless MP, Ian Pointon of the Kent Police Federation, and supporter of Ann Barnes, Lynne Beaumont.

C4 say Ann Barnes was 'satisfied' with documentary

Ann Barnes viewed the whole programme prior to transmission and was satisfied that it is fair and accurate. As with all our observational documentaries, Meet The Police Commissioner was made in accordance with Ofcom regulations and our best standards practise. We deny that she has been misrepresented in this film."

– Statement from Channel Four
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