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Kent Police - Your New Neighbourhood Police Officer


PC Jez Chittim.

I would like to introduce myself as the new Kent Police neighbourhood beat officer for Hartlip, Newington, Upchurch, Bobbing, Iwade, Lower Halstow and Kemsley wards.


I have worked for Kent Police for 17 years, mostly within neighbourhood policing and really enjoy this type of work. I will be on foot patrol throughout the area and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.


If you see me please come and say hello and let me know of anything I can assist with.

Also please share the MCV link with any neighbours and friends so their local beat officer can also communicate with them. It is only with your support and engagement feedback that we can help to address what matters to you most in your communities.

Thank you for your support.

PC Jez Chittim

Kent Police - Swale Neighbourhood Officer

Email: [email protected]

Contact your local policing team at:

Is it an emergency? If so, please Call: 999 now.

Upchurch Parish Council Police
Upchurch Parish Council Police
Upchurch Parish Council Police

Local Resident
There have been various concerns raised with me about a local resident to Upchurch; I have been aware of this resident and have worked with them and those immediately impacted by them over the last few months. I have also had to request Facebook posts be removed of which were naming this resident and sometimes speculating incorrectly about the persons history. I have worked with the housing provider and persuaded them that a move for this person is best for all concerned. This has proved difficult as although many Facebook posts alleging certain offences, there were limited if any calls to the police about the same matters and no complaints until recently to the housing provider. Please can I ask anyone that has social media, that whilst it is a great tool to quickly warn others of something, if misused it can be damaging to any criminal investigation and if inaccurate can open individuals up to libel claims. Please report any criminality directly to the police; the police do not police social media.
Fraud and Cybercrime
I have organised for a colleague of mine to deliver an input to the UpARA on Friday 30th August about fraud and cybercrime. This input focusses on what to look out for and how to protect yourself from being a victim of this type of crime. If this is something the wider community would benefit from, a further time and date could be arranged for a further input.
Drop-in surgery • Sunday 14th July 10:00 hours to 14:00 hours • Holywell Primary School, Upchurch • Friday 30th August 12:00 hours to 14:30 hours • Upchurch Village Hall – UpARA social event. Your local officer is Police Officer Jez Chittim
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Upchurch newsletter
July 2024
Police Surgery
Please come along to my next police surgery on Sunday 14th July at Holywell Primary School between 10:00 hours and 14:00 hours to discuss any local issues. This surgery is open to all residents from Hartlip, Upchurch and Newington.

Fake Delivery Text Messages Fraudsters are sending fake text messages from delivery companies, saying they need more details or asking you to click a link to reschedule a delivery. The messages are copying the company's logos and basic information to make you think they are real. They will also often ask you to pay a small fee and direct you to click on a link to make the payment. However, it a scam to obtain your payment card and personal information. Do not click on any link from an unknown sender. Check the number or URL address and if you are expecting a package go to the company site directly to track your parcel. Forward suspicious text messages to 7726 (SPAM). If you think that you may have been a victim of this or any other type of scam, then contact your Bank immediately, which you can do by calling 159 and report it to Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040. 999 .

Kent Fraud Alert System QR Codes Recently, there have been reports around the country of scammers placing fake QR codes on parking meters, which lead unsuspecting drivers to unauthorised payment sites where they are prompted to input their personal and financial information. Follow these top tips to avoid falling victim to these scams...

• Verify QR codes: Before scanning any QR code for parking payment, look for any signs of tampering or irregularities, such as scratches or tear marks on the QR code.

• Use official payment methods: Stick to using official payment methods and avoid making payments through unfamiliar QR codes or websites.

• Stay Vigilant: Be on the lookout for any suspicious behaviour around parking meters, such as individuals tampering with them or loitering nearby.

If you think that you may have been a victim of this or any other type of scam, then contact your Bank immediately, which you can do by calling 159 and report it to Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040. 999 .

Kent Fraud Alert System Impersonation Scam Fraud Alert - KCC have reported that Kent residents have been receiving calls from criminals impersonating KCC and Lifeline services attempting to get users to provide bank details for a digital update or risk having their service terminated.

This is a scam. If you get a call like this, then please hang up immediately.

If you think that you may have been a victim of this or any other type of scam, then contact your Bank immediately, which you can do by calling 159 and report it to Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040. 999 .

Kent Fraud Alert System Rogue Tragers/Doorstep Criminals Last week we received reports of cold callers targeting residents in the following areas, West Kingsdown, Maidstone and Sittingbourne.

Remember –

• Do not open your door if you do not know the caller.

• Do not believe that they are there to help you or that work needs to be completed.

• Do not allow them to work on your property without your permission.

• Ask for identification and call their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to check they are genuine.

• Get three written quotes.

• Ask family and friends for recommendations.

• Agree payment arrangements and start and finish dates in writing beforehand, and never pay in full until you’re completely satisfied with the work. 999 .