Com­pa­nies tell po­lice their con­cerns

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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