Best use of stop & search powers and child sexual exploitation are some of the issues that will be discussed at the Performance & Accountability Meeting


This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Friday 26 September between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and Chief Constable, Giles York. The meeting is webcast live from 1-3pm.

Items on the agenda for Friday’s meeting include, unannounced inspections of police custody in order to ensure that vulnerable members of society are being dealt with appropriately; best use of stop and search powers; Sussex Police’s planning for the Lewes Bonfire particularly around public safety; child sexual exploitation; the increase in the number of recorded violent crimes as well as the Superintendent Direct Entry programme.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “I am looking forward to this month’s PAM, which has a very full agenda, given there was no PAM in August.

“In January 2014, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to carry out an inspection into the welfare of vulnerable people in police custody. On behalf of Sussex residents I want to know what measures Sussex Police have put in place to ensure that our most vulnerable members of society, who find themselves in custody are being dealt with appropriately.

“Increasing public confidence in policing is crucial and so I was pleased when Sussex Police decided to reform their use of stop and search powers by signing up to a voluntary scheme. I will be asking the Chief Constable what further reforms are required to existing practice to ensure that Sussex Police are fully compliant with the new scheme.

“Following the recently published report into the appalling sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham and the collective failings of the local authorities and police, I will be asking Sussex Police what lessons they have learnt from this report and what they are doing in Sussex to protect our children.

“Please view the PAM live online at and/or follow the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny. A recording will be available to view online shortly after the meeting.”

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