At a recent Zoom meeting with members of the Sevenoaks Conservative Association (SCA), Matthew Scott – our Kent Police and Crime Commissioner - outlined some of the many changes he has delivered for the Sevenoaks District in particular and for the county in general. A significant reduction in crime has been the result of his focus on administrative efficiency and increasing the number of active police personnel both preventing crime and apprehending criminals.
“We have increased Police numbers in the Sevenoaks District over the last 5 years, including those visibly patrolling the streets” he claimed, “This has, for example, helped to bring about a reduction in burglaries of 51% and vehicle offences have reduced by 26 % in the last twelve months. Over all, there has been a 12.4% reduction in crime in the Sevenoaks district during this period”.
He explained that, contrary to popular expectations “The cost of the increase in the size of the Kent police force has been largely offset by the significant savings we have been able to achieve in administration costs. This has been a great example to other forces and has been noted by government” he added with understandable satisfaction.
Whilst the office of Police and Crime Commissioner is non-political, the SCA supports Matthew Scott in this position and hopes he is successful when he stands for re-election on 6th May.