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Policing areas, responsibilities and senior officers


Overview of Kent Police

The county of Kent;

  • is geographically diverse with a large rural and urban population; 
  • has a population that has grown by 2% to 1.7m compared to 2011 and is expected to grow by another 3% by 2019; 
  • is represented by diverse communities, including a large Muslim/Asian, Eastern European and travelling community; 
  • has two universities with a population of over 30,000;
  • has 350 miles of coastline making the county a popular tourist location and causing the population to fluctuate; 
  • borders parts of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) area from which cross border and organised criminality emerges;
  • has a large Strategic Road Network providing access to London and Essex;
  • includes the Port of Dover, a busy international port with around 16m travellers passing through each year, and has the EuroTunnel terminal close by.

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.

Our chief officers

Select the names below to review their responsibilities, biography and expenses.

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon

Assistant Chief Constable Matthew Horne

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Price

Dir. of Support Services (Kent/Essex) Mark Gilmartin

Dir. of Human Resources (Kent/Essex) Ian Drysdale

Senior staff

View details of our heads of department and their role at Kent Police. 

Divisional and district commanders

Select the links below to find out who's responsible for policing in each district:


North          East          West


Your local officers

Select the map below to find details of your community policing team as well as public meetings, police stations, crime statistics and news in your district.Website map