Abuse of authority


WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)
WHEN: Friday 20 July at 1pm
WHERE: Watch live online or catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home
SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SussexPoliceScrutiny

The abuse of authority for a sexual purpose is currently seen as one of the biggest corruption threats to policing in England and Wales by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS).

In December 2016, HMICFRS published the Legitimacy strand of its PEEL inspection which included a recommendation that all forces should implement a plan to achieve the capability and capacity required to seek intelligence on potential abuse of authority for sexual gain. These plans were also asked to consider the use of technology and resources required to monitor IT systems actively and to build relationships with the individuals and organisations that support vulnerable people.

An assessment was made by HMICFRS in June 2017, and, whilst there was evidence of the improvements planned, each of the three elements of work had yet to start. Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, will question Chief Constable Giles York for updates on these plans and what the key challenges and preventative measures are for Sussex Police in respect of abuse of authority.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “Whilst instances of this type of abuse are thankfully rare in Sussex, when they do occur they can totally undermine the public’s trust. Residents need to be confident that the police officers in our communities are acting with the utmost professional integrity and respect.

“It is vital that the right processes are in place here in Sussex to protect the public, especially our most vulnerable, to prevent police officers from abusing their positions of power, which is why I am ensuring this national issue remains high on the Chief Constable’s agenda.”

Other topics on the agenda at the February PAM include:
• Operation Dragonfly – Summer drink-and-drug drive campaign results
• Operation Ribbon – World Cup 2018
• Increase in recorded crime in Sussex
• Homicides in Sussex
• Reductions in recorded knife crime in Sussex

Notes for editors

MEDIA INVITATION: If you would like to stream the meeting on your own news site please contact natalie.mcfall@sussex-pcc.gov.uk for the embed code. For interviews with the PCC please contact the communications team on 01273 335634.                                                                                                 

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