Kent Police tighten border crime initiative with French

Kent Police have extended their joint initiative with French police to tackle cross-border crime.

Chief Constable Ian Learmonth, travelled to France to sign the new agreement with French Government official Monsieur Pierre de Bousquet.

The agreement, signed on 4 October, includes sharing a computer system which allows for instant translation of routine inquiries.

It also allows for further exchange work between French and Kent officers.

Chief Constable Ian Learmonth said: "Kent is the Gateway to Europe. We have around 30 million people pass through the county each year, with that number increasing substantially during 2012 thanks to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"We share a close working relationship - and more information than ever - with our French counterparts to deal with criminals.

"We are constantly tightening our efforts to further reduce cross-border criminality with France, as well as Belgium and the Netherlands."

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