More police to go back on beat

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, is to announce her intention to boost police visibility by seeking to fund the recruitment of nearly 100 more posts.

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Kent gets extra bobbies

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner chats to the Chief Constable Credit: David Johns

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.

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