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Soldiers join Maidstone police to deter misbehaving troops

Police officer and military policeman
Image caption The Army said shared patrols would help save police time and preserve the regiment's reputation

Members of the Army have joined police officers on the beat in Maidstone in a bid to deter soldiers from misbehaving in the town.

The Military Provost Staff from the 36 Engineer Regiment will join officers in the run up to Christmas.

Kent Police said they would not be dealing with civilians but would deal with soldiers on nights out from the town's Invicta Park Barracks.

The Army said it would help save police time and preserve its reputation.

'Excellent reputation'

Capt Jamie Walker said: "We approached the police with the initiative following a number of our soldiers returning from operations and going into town to celebrate coming home safely.

"The Provost Staff will be in the town centre with the police at irregular intervals in the run up to Christmas.

"They will be able to assist in dealing quickly with any revellers that misbehave, saving the beat officers' time and ensuring that the regiment's excellent reputation in Maidstone is maintained."

Ch Insp Robbie Graham, of Kent Police, said it would be an "important learning tool" and a "way to exchange ideas on policing."

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