The final cost of the policing operation at the test drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex has been released today (Tuesday 21 January 2014) by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.The final overall cost, including standard police salaries, stands at £3.985 million.Mrs Bourne has submitted an application to Home Office officials to recover the cost of the policing operation: “I firmly believe that local taxpayers have a right to know the final cost of this policing operation and it has been a detailed financial process to collate the costs incurred accurately.“The additional, unforeseen cost of policing this operation has put pressure on the police budget at a time when considerable savings are being delivered in Sussex.”
A successful joint bid for Government funding made by Surrey and Sussex Police is set to improve public-facing online services across the two police force areas.The Home Office has awarded Surrey & Sussex Police two years funding, worth over £300,000, from the Government’s Innovation Fund. This money will be spent on the collaborative development of online public self-services, such as applications for reporting crimes and incidents.Welcoming the news, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted that the Home Office has approved this innovative approach to working together, which will provide improved services to the public and represent value for money.”
On Friday 17 January police officers and partners who work with victims of domestic abuse in East Sussex were given a unique opportunity to sit down with the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May, and discuss their joint work to improve services for victims.Commenting on the visit, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “It is not every day that officers and key partners working with victims of domestic abuse have an opportunity to sit down with the Home Secretary and share with her some of the challenges they face.
Tackling drink driving, police stop & search and enforcing local speed limits are all due to be discussed at this months Performance & Accountability Meeting  (PAM). Watch live or follow the conversation on Twitter #SusPolScrutiny.Loading...Webcast Available Here :
A recent public consultation on a proposed increase in the policing part of the Council Tax has resulted in 67% of respondents supporting an increase.The consultation survey, set by the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner was open from 30 October 2013 to 10 January 2014.Commenting on the consultation results the Police & Commissioner, Katy Bourne said:
“I welcome the increased interest and proactive work around cyber crime. As nationally and locally it is probably the country’s biggest threat, affecting thousands of businesses and individuals across the UK.“A recent cyber crime poll on my website showed that 72% of Sussex residents have been a victim of some form of cyber crime. This included email scams, phone or email accounts being hacked and identity theft. These crimes have a huge detrimental effect on people’s livelihoods and wellbeing. The full results of our survey can be viewed by clicking here
The Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM), where Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will question Deputy Chief Constable Giles York on local policing priorities, will be held on Friday 17 January and webcast live.Commenting ahead of the first PAM of 2014, Katy Bourne said:“As PCC, it is my role to hold the Chief Constable or his representative to account on behalf of the public. I know from the huge amount of correspondence to my office that Sussex residents appreciate hearing the issues that matter most to them being put to the Chief Constable during these live webcasts.
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Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will question Chief Constable Martin Richards on local policing priorities at a meeting on Friday 20 December, which will be webcast live.Commenting ahead of the monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM), Katy Bourne said: “As PCC, it is my role to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public. The monthly PAM is an opportunity for residents to hear me challenge Mr Richards on the issues they have told me matter most to them.“One area I will be asking Mr Richards for an update on is police response times as this is something members of the public continue to raise as a concern. This has been a consistent theme during my monthly meetings with the Chief Constable and I am looking for assurances that improving call answering and response times remain a priority for Sussex Police.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is supporting a transformation of Sussex Police’s communications technology, which is set to save the Force money and continue the drive to protect frontline policing services. Sussex Police will join the South East Police Shared Network Services Agreement (SEPSNSA), which also provides Surrey Police, Hampshire Police and Thames Valley Police with a secure regional Public Services Network (PSN).Commenting on the decision to join the south east contract Mrs Bourne said: “Ensuring value for money is a key priority within my Police & Crime Plan and I am working hard to identify waste and drive out inefficiencies in order to meet the financial challenges ahead. Signing up to the SEPSNSA contract demonstrates Sussex Police’s commitment to working with neighbouring forces to find new and innovative ways to improve services, increase efficiencies and continue to reduce costs.
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