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KM Column - Police Passing Out Parade - 21 February 2019

 The courage police men and women show every day is one reason many see them as the most valuable, courageous and inspirational members of our community. Protecting our communities, our towns and our homes has demanded resolve and dedication by many. Kent Police has been exceptional in delivering on the duty we trust them to uphold. Our county would not be the same without them.  But we don’t always see them as often as we’d like. That is why Matthew Scott, our Police and Crime Commissioner, has made it his mission to get 450 more officers on our streets.

And last week I was lucky enough to see 39 of the newest recruits at their Passing Out Parade at the Kent Police Training School in Maidstone. It was an honour to see the result of all the hard work and effort they have put in, and I know that our community will be in very safe and capable hands. Their dedication and commitment to making our streets safer makes me incredibly grateful, and I was honoured to share their day.

 Of course, there’re still more to come, with another 200 police officers in training, and more stepping up to make the difference. If you’ve ever considered becoming a police officer, I would encourage you to join, and really make a difference to the area we live. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who serves our community and our country in uniform. I look forward to seeing the newest recruits in action in West Malling and the wider area in the near future.


Georgie Welford