Please find below a joint statement from Cllr Mike O'Brien, the Chair of the Medway Community Safety partnership, and Superintendent Rachel Adams, the Vice Chair of the Medway Community Safety Partnership:
"We are extremely proud of the excellent close partnership working between Medway Council, Kent Police and the other partners in the Medway Community Safety Partnership. Crime and anti-social behaviour is steadily falling, and all of the partners work tirelessly to ensure the continuing safety of Medway residents.
"2011 has seen significant changes in the shaping of Neighbourhood policing here in Medway. We are pleased to report that Medway has come out of the restructuring process extremely well, with a significant increase in Neighbourhood Police Officers and extended policing cover to 3am each day. Medway Council has also introduced some significant changes: we now have a bigger community team, allowing community officers to engage better with their local communities and resolve their issues of concern. This year also saw the council introducing the 'Love Medway' reporting application for mobile phones, which allows you to report environmental issues quickly, easily and cheaply. Details can be found at www.lovemedway.co.uk.
"2012 will bring the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), on November 15th, which will bring additional scrutiny of Medway's community safety arrangements, and the Partnership is confident that it is fit for purpose to meet any changes brought about by that election. To ensure this, we will be arranging for a peer review of our community safety planning arrangements to make sure that we continue to compare with the very best in the country.
"We wish you all a Happy Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year."
Cllr Mike O'Brien, the Chair of the Medway Community Safety partnership, and Superintendent Rachel Adams, the Vice Chair of the Medway Community Safety Partnership