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Warning of police force ‘meltdown’ if cuts are brought in

Policing in Kent could go into ‘meltdown’ and able only to deal with emergencies if £46.5m of government cuts to the force are implemented. The Kent Police Federation issued the warning after the police commissioner Ann Barnes set out her spending plans for the year, including cuts of £14.5m and a tax hike of 1.99%. The commissioner said the force …

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Police ‘abused power’ by spying on fracking debate

Kent Police has been accused of an “abuse of power” following allegations it planted plainclothes officers in the audience of a fracking debate at Canterbury Christ Church University. It emerged this week that a chief inspector requested two officers monitor the meeting, which took place on November 19, following concerns over the attendance of a prominent Green Party activist. The …

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Officers express anger over ‘car crash’ TV show

Furious Kent Police officers are using pictures of onions on their Facebook profiles after the disastrous TV documentary on police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes. Many are venting their anger at last Thursday’s broadcast of Meet The Commissioner, which they claim has damaged the force’s reputation. The onion is a reference to Mrs Barnes fumbling her words over a diagram …

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‘We’re a laughing stock in police boss TV show’

Federation chief slams Ann Barnes mockumentary A FLY-ON-THE-WALL documentary on Kent’s first police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes has made Kent Police “a laughing stock”. That was the view of Ian Pointon, chairman of Kent Police Federation who said the Channel 4 series’Meet the Commissioner, which was filmed over four months, had been an ill-advised move for Mrs Barnes. Mrs …

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Police fear documentary will damage reputation

A documentary on Kent’s crime commissioner has damaged the reputation of the force – even before it has been broadcast in full, according to the Kent Police Federation. The Channel 4 programme Meet The Police Commissioner is due to be broadcast tonight (Thursday) but several clips have already been posted as a trailer – including one in which Ann Barnes …

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