The community warden scheme is run by Kent County Council and is basically designed to provide a visible and reassuring uniformed presence on the street, and to give information and assistance wherever possible, when a problem arises. The warden liaises and passes intel on to the Police Kent Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies. The warden also deals with low level anti-social behaviour issues.
In Woodchurch, we share our warden, Kathy Carter, with Hamstreet.
Kathy Carter can be contacted on – 07813 711940
The vacuum left by the removal of “village bobbies” some years ago has been partially filled by the concept of flexible “neighbourhood policing”. This is provided by “response” officers, aided by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
Our PCSO is Dan Smith. Dan can issue Fixed Penalty Notices in certain cases, but his main function apart from providing a uniformed presence, is to gather intelligence in regard to criminal activities, for passing on to his police colleagues, and to offer advice in general. Use the normal 101 (non emergency) number to contact Dan (see below). In an emergency dial 999
Dial 101 to report non-urgent crime, speak to your local officer or to make an enquiry. 101 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each call will never cost more than 15p, even from mobiles.
Online crime reporting and non-injury collision – LIVE
The public can now report crimes and incidents as well as non-injury road traffic collisions ONLINE directly to us through our website (www.kent.police.uk). Once a report is made to us online, the user will receive a unique reference number and a return email confirming receipt.
We are promoting both as a test/pilot at this stage. At the end of each form is the opportunity for the public making a report to give us feedback on using the forms.
The overall aim is to provide another choice for how the public can report crime or incidents as well as try to reduce the number of people calling 101 on non-urgent issues that could easily be dealt with through digital contact (which increasingly a lot of people prefer and have asked us to provide).