February scrutiny meeting puts the spotlight on road safety, squatters and complaints against the police


WHEN: Friday 20 February at 1pm.

WHERE: Watch the meeting live online at: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/. A recording will be available to view online shortly afterwards.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow #SusPolScrutiny on Twitter.

Road safety, squatters and complaints against the police are just three of the topics that the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will question Chief Constable Giles York on during their February Performance & Accountability Meeting.

Also on the agenda are the Force’s Shop Watch scheme and Business Crime strategy; female genital mutilation; unauthorised drone usage; and a progress update on the Force’s investments in operational policing following a rise in the police precept in 2014/15.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “Last year Sussex police carried out an internal review into the management of ‘unlicensed events’. I want to find out how the learning from this review is assisting the police now in their response to squatters in commercial premises staging these types of events.

“I have previously voiced my support for the use of drones by Sussex Police to tackle crime, particularly in high risk areas like Gatwick Airport. However, I am very aware that the use of drones does raise safety, security and privacy concerns for some people. I will be asking Mr York to explain the law around drone usage and what powers Sussex Police has to deal with unauthorised usage.”

“Every PAM is webcast live and recordings of each meeting are available to view online. The questions I ask the Chief Constable during these meetings are based around the issues and concerns that members of the public tell me they have. I hope people will take the time to tune in.”

Questions during each PAM are themed around the four priorities in the Police & Crime Plan “Safer in Sussex”: Crime & Community Safety; Victim focus; Public Confidence; and Value for Money.

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