Michael recently met the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, in Parliament.
The pair reviewed Mr Scott’s recent funding proposals for Kent Police and issues affecting Michael’s constituency casework. The local MP was also happy to hear about the good progress of the new Police Constables in Sevenoaks, whom he had inspected during their Passing Out Parade last year.
Michael pressed Mr Scott to roll out a more effective speed prevention system in villages such as Otford and Brasted. He welcomed the introduction of TruCam – a smart speedwatch system that administers on-the-spot fines to repeat offenders – but called for more immediate action.
Michael said: “Kent Police is getting the funding to increase the number of officers patrolling our streets. But speeding remains a menace. So it’s important that some of this money is put towards rolling out more effective tools for stopping speeders.”
Michael has praised the next generation of local police officers in a special graduation ceremony at Kent Police College.
The parade included a display by Kent Police Dog Section, a March Past, formal inspections and a presentation of awards in which Michael was honoured to have taken part.
The graduates will now be deployed to provide visible neighbourhood policing across the county, including in the Sevenoaks constituency. Michael met the PCs who will serve in Sevenoaks to offer his congratulations. He was also delighted to meet PC Zoe Hill, who previously served as a PCSO in Sevenoaks.
Michael said: ‘It is an enormous privilege to meet the next generation of police in Sevenoaks. They have demonstrated excellence and dedication in order to pass the course and will provide valuable service to our community.’
Michael, who during his visit also enjoyed a tour of Kent Police’s Tactical Training and Firearms Unit, added: ‘I wish them all the best in their careers.’