Plans to shake up the way Kent Police covers rural communities have been revealed today by the Crime Commissioner. Mobile police vans will be sent out to visit 180 locations across the county.
They'll be staffed by P.C.S.O's - police community support officers - and residents will be offered the chance to report crimes, anti-social behaviour, and discuss any local issues.
But are they just a cheap way of making the force look better, at the expense of "real" police stations and bobbies on the beat? Or is this really a valuable addition to local communities? David Johns has been to find out.
David Johns spoke to Assistant Chief Constable Rob Price, Kent and Police Crime Commissioner Anne Barnes and Graeme Clayton a Police and Community Support Officer.