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KENT CC'S CRIME WARDEN PROPOSALS DEBATED

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Kent CC's proposal for crime wardens will help tackle the fear of crime in ...
Kent CC's proposal for crime wardens will help tackle the fear of crime in
rural areas, county council leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart told BBC Radio Four's
Today programme this morning.
'What we're proposing here is a partnership between the police and Kent CC
to put 62 extra police out there, and support that with community wardens,
being the eyes and ears of the police but also working with the village
organisations', he said.
Cheryl Hall, leader of the Labour group on the county council, told the
programme: 'I'm very supportive of any multi-agency working but let's not
forget that since 1997 crime in Kent has dropped by 23%'. She said: 'You do
need high profile policing. What concerns me is who the crime wardens will
be accountable to and where the money will come from'.
Trudy Dean, leader of the Liberal Democrats group, said: 'People are
concerned about the lack of presence of police on the ground in rural areas
and also the lack of response when they contact the police. Money that
government gives for the running of the police service doesn't reflect the
difficulties that we have in areas such as Kent where we have large areas of
rural countryside which are more expensive to police than a metropolitan
area'.
* See LGCnetfor Kent CC's press release.
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