Officer recruitment progress & post-lockdown policing challenges in the spotlight

19/05/2021
WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)
WHEN: Friday 21 May @ 13:00
SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny
 
Police recruitment and training: In October 2019, the Home Office announced “Operation Uplift” funding to recruit 20,000 police officers in England and Wales by March 2023.
 
At her Performance & Accountability meeting this Friday, PCC Katy Bourne will be asking what impact the pandemic has had on recruiting and training extra police officers and  seeking reassurance from Chief Constable Jo Shiner that recruitment in Sussex is still on course to meet its target.
 
Mrs Bourne said: “I know that residents want to see a more visible policing presence in their communities and Operation Uplift will contribute to this, complementing the additional officers and staff already made possible from the increase to the precept element of council tax.
 
“At my live streamed meeting I will be asking the Chief Constable if Sussex is on track to deliver those extra officers by March 2023, as well as clarifying the financial picture and how any extra costs which aren’t included with the uplift grant are being met. 
 
Policing challenges as lockdown lifts: 
 
“Following the further easing of lockdown measures on 17th May, I know we are all eager to spend time with our loved ones inside for the first time in many months. 
 
“While the vast majority of Sussex residents and visitors will do so safely, this may also result in increased demand upon the Force.  I will be seeking reassurance that Sussex Police are ready to meet any challenges this poses, particularly as the night-time economy re-opens and we have bars and streets crowded with people eager to celebrate a partial return to normality.”
 
Other topics under discussion include:
Reflections on policing protests
Collaboration with Surrey Police
The next PAM is on Friday, 18 June 2021 at 13:00.