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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
Police chief takes to the streets
Chief Constable Michael Fuller
The chief constable is looking at the work of local policing teams
Kent's chief constable is spending the day pounding the beat to see for himself the progress being made in delivering neighbourhood policing.

Michael Fuller is looking at the impact local policing teams have on the quality of people's lives in neighbourhoods across Kent and Medway.

He will travel on buses, visit policing schemes and meet trainee police community support officers (PCSOs).

A total of 120 new recruits are currently being trained in Maidstone.

Mr Fuller will also see how neighbourhood teams work in partnership with other organisations to deal with local problems in Dartford.

'Quality of life'

Later in the day, he will visit Sittingbourne Community College, where he will find out more about local people's commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour.

The chief constable's tour of the county will also take him to Ashford police station, and Swanley, where he will join a local PCSO on foot patrol.

Mr Fuller said he was looking forward to hearing from the public, officers and staff and partner organisations "about the difference neighbourhood policing is making to the quality of life of communities".

He explained that in the last year all crime in the county had fallen by 6%.

"The only thing we've done differently is carry out neighbourhood policing.

"On a neighbourhood level, in terms of tackling criminal damage, vandalism, rowdyism, at least we've got these people within our communities who act in support of the police," he said.


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