Companies tell police their concerns
BUSINESSES from around the county came together to tell Kent Police Authority what they want to see from policing.
Kent Police Authority chairman Ann Barnes and Chief Constable Michael Fuller hosted a business crime conference at Ashford International Hotel on Wednesday last week.
Representatives from almost 100 businesses attended the event, including Comet, Bluewater and TK Maxx, as well as smaller independent shops.
The session gave people a chance to have their say about policing concerns that matter to them. Speakers included Lee Kettlewell from the Home Office and Kent Assistant Chief Constable Allyn Thomas.
The impact of Operation Stack on businesses was also discussed, followed by a voting session run by Kent businessman and auctioneer Clive Emson.
The voting session highlighted the top priorities businesses want to see Kent Police focusing on in the next three years. These included theft, public awareness, drugs and retail fraud.
Ann Barnes said: “I’m delighted the Kent Police Authority was able to host the business consultation event.
“I’m hoping on the back of this event to set up a business forum which will involve business leaders from around the county.
“All the information from the event will be used to help shape policing priorities for 2010 to 2013.
“It is important that we take the time to listen to where our local businesses want their taxpayers’ money spent.
“Businesses pay a considerable amount in rates and are entitled to high-quality policing.”
Phil Eckersley, from the Bank of England, and MP Damian Green at the State of the Economy meeting
From left, auctioneer Clive Emson, Kent Police Authority chairman Ann Barnes and Chief Constable Michael Fuller