The county of Kent;
Kent Police has 5500 officers, staff and PCSOs. The Force’s Serious Crime and IT Directorates are provided in collaboration with Essex Police.
Kent Police deals with 800,000 calls for help a year, resulting in approximately 100,000 recorded crimes and has the highest victim satisfaction rate in England and Wales of 86.7% (as at June 2014).
The public of Kent can have confidence in the crime figures, with HMIC reporting a current compliance rate of 96%. This has led to a 7.7% increase in crime in the rolling year to September 2014. Strategic challenges include increase in historic sexual offences, cyber-crime and mental health linked offences.
Kent Police has managed budget cuts of £47m over the last 3 years, equating to the loss of over 400 officers and 600 staff. This prompted a change to Kent’s policing model still ensuring that victims and witnesses remain at the heart of everything the Force does. The next round of cuts predicted at £60m will have a significant impact on service delivery.
* Sources of information - 2011 Census Statistics, Canterbury Christchurch University, University of Kent, Force statistics, Office of National Statistics, Visit England website, KCC strategic forecast Nov 2012.
Select the names below to review their responsibilities, biography and expenses.
Alan Pughsley was appointed Chief Constable on 4 January 2014. He is responsible for:
The Chief Constable is accountable to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and is the person responsible to the courts for police operations.
He is also a member of the Kent Partnership and the Public Service Board.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon supports the Chief Constable in making sure Kent Police is efficient and effective. He is responsible for:
Assistant Chief Constable Matthew Horne is responsible for the joint Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, including:
You can view ACC Horne's biography here. Expenses will appear here shortly.
This Assistant Chief Constable role is responsible for Central Operations, including:
You can view ACC Shiner's biography here. Expenses will appear shortly.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Price is responsible for Local Policing and Partnerships:
Ian Drysdale is responsible for the direction, control and enhancement of Personnel and Training for Kent Police and Essex Police. He acts as the senior adviser to chief officers and provides direction to heads of departments to influence and contribute to the strategic direction of the forces. He ensures the HR function effectively underpins the operational policing and force strategic plans.
Ian is responsible for:
View details of our heads of department and their role at Kent Police.
Select the links below to find out who's responsible for policing in each district:
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