Police commissioner Ann Barnes promises more police on the beat
POLICE commissioner Ann Barnes has pledged to find cash for more police on the beat after a trip to Thanet this week.
Mrs Barnes is set to reveal her new budget next month and is willing to answer calls for more frontline cops.
She said: "Losing one fifth of the workforce has to have an impact. Almost everyone I've spoken to today has said they want more police on the street.
"With a tight budget, we're doing everything we can to find the funding to pay for a few more officers."
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Former magistrate Mrs Barnes took a tour of Thanet on Wednesday to ask residents' views of policing in the area.
She won a landslide victory to become Kent's first police commissioner in November and is finalising plans for her first policing and crime plan.
Her visit to the isle was an opportunity to meet and greet residents and gauge their views to shape her plans, she said. Mrs Barnes arrived in her Ann Force 1 van and met traders and shoppers in Margate, Cliftonville and at Westwood Cross.
She said: "From a force-wide perspective, Thanet is doing well with crime falling in the district. It's not just the statistics, in surveys of public satisfaction, nine out of ten residents were happy with the police service."
Mrs Barnes also visited the CCTV control centre to see how Thanet's eyes in the sky help the fight against crime and was pleased to hear that 24-hour coverage had been restored despite budget cuts.
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