Nicolas Rathbone, Community Protection Officer, presented this item
to the Committee.
highlighted to the Committee that:
·The Strategic Assessment was completed annually to
interrogate crime data in order to identify crime and disorder
trends which are then used to set the Safer Maidstone Partnership
(SMP) priorities for the next year.
·The proposed SMP priorities for 2018/19
oOrganised Crime Groups in Modern Slavery
oGangs and Child Sexual Exploitation
·The removal of ‘Other Violent Crime’
from alongside the ‘Domestic Abuse’ priority was
because a substantial proportion of violent crime incidents were
related to domestic abuse. Any non-related serious violent crime
was already dealt with robustly by the Police and some cases
crossed over into other priority areas.
·No new trends or risks had emerged throughout the
year that weren’t already covered within one of the priority
·There was an SMP away day scheduled for 20 February
2018 to help set the action plans for the priority
·Since April 2017 there had been changes in the way
that offences are recorded. Offences are now individually recorded
rather than being grouped into one offence. For example, an affray
including 6 people was previously recorded as one offence, but now
it would be recorded as 6 separate offences.
·Since April 2017, Burglary had been split into
Residential and Business/Community and so the data did not give a
true comparison compared with the following year.
·Maidstone Crime Survey 2017 questioned over 6,000
randomly selected households. The Survey displayed that overall the
majority of respondents were not worried about someone breaking
into their home or being assaulted.
·Year 6 was a key transition period for children as
they could feel vulnerable. Therefore, Kent Police were engaging
with children and their parents/caregivers about the transition
period in order to support them.
Councillor Mrs Gooch addressed the Committee on this
Inspector Mick Gardner and Inspector Mark Hedges gave a
presentation to the Committee on the implementation of the New
·The New Horizon model considered the range of
vulnerable people to make sure that they were protected.
·The County response to vulnerability was:
oThere was a Mental Health Team which worked with
partners to provide a consistent service for mental health service
users to improve outcomes and manage demand;
was a Central Referral Unit which provided a multi-agency central
point of access for vulnerable people; and
oThe Wanted Person Bureau coordinated the
County’s response to wanted people.
·There were Specialist PCSOs in roles such
oVulnerable Adult Intervention Officer;
oYouth Engagement Officer;
oIn the Missing and Child Exploitation Team;
oDomestic Abuse Single Point of Contact.
·There was a new Detective Superintendent for local
policing to improve service delivery to victims of crime and reduce
harm in communities.
·There were an additional 100 staff embedded into
local policing in the County to enhance the response to vulnerable
response to questions from the Committee, Inspector Mark Hedges
·There was one gang in Maidstone and lots of work was
being done to dismantle it. Work was also being undertaken to
prevent young people joining a gang in the first place.
·The way that crimes are recorded was governed by Her
Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
·The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner was looking into the 101 reporting system to
consider ways that it could be improved.
·People detained under Section 136 of the Mental
Health Act would not be held at a Police Station. They would be
taken to a medical place of safety i.e. Priority House or an
accident and emergency unit.
·New Horizon was started at the end of 2017 and the
model should be at full capacity by July 2018.
response to questions from the Committee, Chief Inspector Mick
Gardner replied that he would make sure that other districts would
be briefed about Maidstone so that Officers who were called in to
answer a threat were aware of Maidstone’s
RESOLVED:To recommend to Council:
the priorities recommended in the 2018/19 Strategic Assessment, to
be adopted by the Safer Maidstone Partnership for inclusion within
the Community Safety Plan for 2018/19, be approved.
Note:Councillors Perry and Mrs Ring left
the meeting at 7.11 p.m. during consideration of this