Police To Patrol River On New Year's Eve
31 December 2017, 06:00
For the first time there are going to be patrols along the River Medway this New Year's Eve.
They've been brought in in Maidstone and Medway after several people died after nights out.
Rescue boats and specially trained rescue teams will be on hand to assist anyone who gets into difficulty.
Officers from Kent Police will support the Kent Search and Rescue teams with a visible presence along the riverbank at key times.
Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "Kent Search and Rescue are an excellent voluntary group who will be providing an invaluable service on the River Medway throughout December to help anyone who gets into difficulty.
"At this time of year we know people want to go out and enjoy themselves, particularly for Christmas work dos, but we’d ask people to do so responsibly and to make sure friends, family and colleagues get home safe after the festivities.
"We are very supportive of the ‘Safe and Dry’ campaign as it is there to remind revellers to stay safe on a night out and not to put themselves in unnecessary danger."