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Crime-busting Maidstone Task Force launches today

Friday 16th October 2020

VARIOUS local bodies have banded together to form the new Maidstone Task Force.

Kent Police, Trading Standards, housing associations, Maidstone Borough Council and voluntary groups are pulling together to help keep people safe. It aims to stem the scourges of antisocial behaviour, knife crime and widespread drug dealing in the county town.

The task force, which was officially launched today, also wants to identify and understand the causes of certain crimes. Rogue traders, fraudsters, fly-tippers and burglars will also be targeted in the move.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said: "Bringing partners together to solve problems and tackle antisocial behaviour means we can make a real difference to local people’s lives."

The body will be governed by an executive board consisting of senior leaders from statutory bodies and commissioned services and joint chaired by the chief executive of Maidstone Borough Council Alison Broom and the West Kent Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Robert Fordham.

Pictured at today's launch are left to right: Martyn Jeynes Community Protection Manager at Maidstone Borough Council, Martin Cox Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, Kent Police Chief Constable Alan Pughsley,  Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott and Kent Police Maidstone Task Force Sergeant Tony Nolan  

 

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