More than 18,000 people visited the Kent Police Open Day this year to find out more about policing and how officers, staff and volunteers keep them safe all year round.
Over the course of the three days (1 to 3 July 2023), which included a staff day, a public day and a schools’ day, visitors to the Kent Police College in Maidstone were treated to a variety of opportunities to interact with officers, staff and volunteers.
All the usual police displays were there to draw the crowds including dogs, public order, staff safety training, the police helicopter, forensics, custody, Crime Scene Investigation, the Rural Task Force, Serious Crime Directorate, Roads Policing, ID suite, custody, Force Control Room, recruitment, firearms and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Partners’ stands included Kent Fire and Rescue, Kent County Council, RSPCA, Kent Search and Rescue, South East 4x4, Border Force, the Children’s University, Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, National Highways, Serco, the Crown Prosecution Service, local magistrates, the Thin Blue Paw charity and the Kent Group of Advanced Motorists.
Chief Constable Tim Smith said: ‘Once again, our three Open Days were a resounding success, with record numbers visiting us over the course of the weekend. These days are a great opportunity for us to engage with the communities we serve, and show them the full range of things that Kent Police does.
‘I am hugely grateful to everyone involved in these days; it simply couldn’t happen without their efforts.’