The One Maidstone Business Improvement District has been recognised for making Maidstone town centre a safer place, with an award from Kent Police.
The Divisional Commander’s Certificate of Merit was presented to BID Manager, Ilsa Butler, and the team, for the initiatives they have delivered within their first year of operation, such as BID Ambassadors who patrol the town centre during the day and night.
The certificate states the reasoning behind the commendation:
‘The Divisional Commander’s Certificate of Merit is awarded to the One Maidstone Business Improvement District team for their outstanding work, dedication and commitment to working with partners to make Maidstone town centre a safe environment for all.
From the inception, it was clear the management were focused on working with partners to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour – through their exceptional work and determination, the team have made a significant impact in their initial year, delivering a number of successful initiatives that are delivering against their objectives.
Street Ambassadors provide a high-profile presence that patrol closely with our policing team. They have been instrumental in supporting victims and witnesses and bringing offenders to justice on numerous occasions.
Kent Police would like to recognise the team’s efforts and thank them for working collaboratively with the force in consultation, inception and decision-making processes of this key network within the County Town.
The One Maidstone BID team is to be commended for their exceptional level of work, dedication and commitment to service delivery driven on promoting Maidstone as a safe place to live, work and visit.’
Of the honour, One Maidstone’s Crime Reduction Partnership Team Leader Greg Wayland said, ‘We are all very pleased to receive this praise from Kent Police, as so much of our work and ethos centres around working together with partner agencies to achieve the best possible services and results for Maidstone town centre. Our BID Ambassadors are often at the front line of incidents such as shoplifting and anti-social behaviour, and it is great for them to be acknowledged by Kent Police for the assistance that they provide.’
BID Manager Ilsa Butler accepted the certificate at a special Divisional Commanders’ ceremony held at Kent Police Headquarters – a team version was later presented by Sgt Andy Stringer at the One Maidstone offices.