Mosque visit marks police chief’s first year in office

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MATTHEW Scott celebrated his one year anniversary as Kent’s Police Crime Commissioner by visiting the Masjid Al-Noor mosque in Camden Road on Friday (May 12).

As part of his commitment to engage with the county’s diverse communities, he met with members of the Tunbridge Wells Islamic and Cultural Association where he talked about the challanges in recruiting people from all backgrounds into the police force.

He also listed his 50 achievements since taking office which have included the establishment of Kent Volunteer Police Cadets, cutting waiting times for sexual assault victims’ counselling sessions and support for projects to reduce the demand placed on Police by calls involving mental health.

In addition, Mr Scott said he had ‘welcomed dozens of new Police Community Support Officers to the force’, set up a £250,000 a year Mental Health and Policing Fund and invested in a new team to tackle cyber-crime and fraud.

He added: “There’s lots more to come during the course of the next year and I look forward to working with all the residents of Kent and our local communities, local charities and fantastic organisations who have been so welcoming and supportive of me in this first year.”

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