I am absolutely delighted to announce the return of police officers dedicated to the Deal area.
I held meetings with the district's new commander Chief Inspector Mitchell Fox, who took over from predecessor Steve Barlow in the autumn.
Chief Inspector Fox assured me the redeployment, which began at the end of last year, will raise police visibility in Deal and the surrounding areas.
A Deal Town Centre Constable now works a shift pattern incorporating up to six days a week. Officers from the Local Policing Team are also based in Deal, ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.
The local force is fearless in its efforts to keep us all safe, and I was delighted to meet the new man at the helm.
Bringing back officers dedicated to Deal is something I have wanted for a long time, so I am delighted Chief Inspector Fox has made it happen. I know how much residents will welcome the greater police presence.
Chief Inspector Fox told me: "My dedicated team works tirelessly to deliver a quality service, place victims and witnesses at the heart of what we do, and in doing so ensure we do the right thing.
"I recognise the district is large and in order to best serve the people, my recent redeployment of officers has led to an improved service to the victims who require our support, and to greater visibility across Deal and the surrounding areas.
"Dover and its villages are typically Kentish – tranquil and safe – and it is my overriding aim to ensure they remain so."
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