Volunteer Police Cadets will be in every part of the county by the end of this year – there were none when I was elected in 2016.
It would be more effective to make good use of the elected, accountable and effective system that is already in place.
It’s easy to gripe, but the role, done well, can be powerful, transformative and create greater transparency.
Calling for more money and doing nothing different, as others in the public sector often do, is not an option. We as PCCs will continue our reforming approach.
We should also be aware of any risks to privacy or individual freedom, but in Kent the technology is working well.
There will always be an element of policing that involves helping those in distress or crisis. But our officers are no substitute for proper NHS services.
We must ensure that those in need of help get the right support from the appropriate service.