Women and girls have been given advice and anti-drink spiking products as part of ongoing efforts to promote their safety during an event in Rochester.
We joined Kent Police officers from the Medway Task Force, Crime Stoppers and Kent and Medway’s Violence Reduction Unit for the walk and talk event on Friday, 9 December.
During the event, officers and representatives spoke to members of the public, and in particular women and girls.
They gave out anti-drink spiking products, personal safety items and advice on the best-lit routes home and where they could get help if they needed it while in the town.
The groups also spoke to women about any safety concerns they have in the town, with the information being fed back to relevant organisations so that issues can be considered in future response planning.
Making Medway even safer
Cllr Adrian Gulvin, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources and Chairman of the Medway Community Safety Partnership, said: "We were pleased to take part in the walk and talk event. When I visited the event it was fantastic to see, despite the very cold weather, how enthusiastic all the partners taking part were. We are proud to work with our partners in the Medway Community Safety Partnership to make Medway an even safer place to live, work, learn and visit."
We understand the concerns women and girls have
Police Sergeant Sasha Blomfield, of the Medway Task Force said: "Rochester continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit, but we understand the concerns women and girls have and are always keen to hear about them. Kent Police is committed to protecting women and girls no matter where they are, be it at home or work, or while out and about. I’d like to remind anyone who has been a victim of violence or other offence to report it to police straight away so we can investigate accordingly and provide help and assistance where needed."