Violent crime in Dover district fell by 10 per cent last year – the biggest drop in Kent. It shows the extra police presence is working.
A total of 1,339 violence with injury offences were recorded in the area in 2018/19, compared to 1,483 the year before. Violence without injury offences reduced by three per cent, with 2,410 crimes recorded in 2018/19 compared to 2,475 the year before. Reductions in Dover also included theft (down 18 per cent), possession of offensive weapons (down 16 per cent) and public order offences (down 10 per cent).
Violent crime has a huge impact on victims, so I’m proud our officers are getting on top of it. They deserve huge credit. I’m also pleased to see the funding we secured has led to two big recruitment drives. The most recent means we’ll soon have another 11 officers patrolling the streets of Dover and Deal. This is vital because people must be able to feel that our streets are safe and secure. Things are going in the right direction.
Kent Police has recruited heavily since 2016, training 200 news officers in an initial drive followed by the current effort for a further 180. It followed an 8.1% (£23.6 million) cash increase from central government in April – the second consecutive boost – after a campaign by Kent MPs. Boris Johnson’s Government has since promised an extra 20,000 officers nationwide, meaning an 147 more in Kent over the next 18 months. It will bring total officer numbers up by almost a fifth (3,779) in March 2021 compared to five years before (3,182).