Craig Mackinlay MP has spent time patrolling the St Peter’s area of Broadstairs with local officers from Margate Police Station after being invited by Kent Police to take part in the ‘Give A Day to Policing’ scheme.
The South Thanet MP was able to see first-hand how policing has changed with increasing focus now on complex crimes such as domestic abuse, hate crime and serious violence.
Craig’s day on the beat came weeks after the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, launched a recruitment drive to deliver 20,000 new police officers. In addition, as part of ongoing work to tackle serious violence, the Government will urgently review a pilot which makes it simpler for officers to use stop and search powers, with a view to rolling this out across all forces.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“The Give A Day To Policing is a fantastic initiative that I fully enjoyed and support.
“By spending some time with hardworking Police officers in Thanet, I got a first-hand insight into how the Police help to safeguard vulnerable people and people suffering from mental ill health. While policing and crime continues to change, it’s clear to me that the commitment of our Police to prevent crime remains unaltered. I found the experience overwhelmingly positive and would like to thank local officers for inviting me to spend a day with them.
“Both the public and the Police alike want to see more officers patrolling our neighbourhoods to protect people and property, and cut crime – and so do I. That’s why we’re in the process of an unprecedented drive to recruit 20,000 more officers over the next three years to make our streets safer and make it simpler for officers to use stop and search powers.”