Cadets join officers for community engagement in Gillingham
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Cadets and a Kent Police task force joined forces for a special engagement event in Gillingham.
On Tuesday 22 June 2021, more than 70 homes in the south of the town were visited by the Kent Volunteer Cadet Service, who worked alongside the force’s Problem Solving Task Force to provide reassurance and gather information on items the community may want to bring to Kent Police’s attention.
Residents talk about ASB and drugs
Among the topics up for discussion were county lines drug dealing and anti-social behaviour and feedback provided by residents will be now be used to determine a proportionate policing response.
The teams also listened to environmental concerns, such as flytipping and damaged streetlighting, and these matters will be referred to the relevant partner agencies.
In addition to engaging with residents, a thorough knife sweep also took place in Great Lines with no items discovered.
Sergeant Phil Morley, from the Problem Solving Task Force, said:
‘Our team was formally launched in February 2021 with the intention of making a long term and meaningful difference to the things that matter most to our communities.
‘Engaging with residents is the bedrock of our work and is something we take exceptional pride in doing. This activity shows we are here to listen and will work alongside numerous policing teams to ensure positive action is taken.
‘Residents expressed satisfaction in seeing our officers working alongside the cadets – a team of young people who continually show themselves to be a fantastic asset to their community and Kent Police.
‘Our team will remain in Gillingham over the coming weeks and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak with them in person, or to make a report through our website or by calling 101.’