PCC to question Chief Constable on the fall in arrests


WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 16 November at 09:30

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

Following a recent report from the Home Office which published figures on the national decrease in arrests, Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne will be questioning the Chief Constable on what the report highlighted for Sussex.

In comparison to last year’s figures, it has been reported that Sussex Police has demonstrated a 4% reduction, with 770 fewer arrests made, despite reported crime increasing by 8%.

Mrs Bourne comments ahead of the meeting, “The Public will rightly want to understand what is behind this reduction in arrest in Sussex when some communities are experiencing increases in anti-social behaviour and low level crime.

“We need a balance of early intervention and enforcement which is why I have been working closely with local MPs and partners on our bid into the Government’s Early Intervention Youth Fund, to help prevent and tackle youth crime. 

“We were awarded £890,616 over the next two years for a unique approach aimed at preventing young people from being drawn into a life of more serious escalated crime.

“With this approach to reducing the criminalisation of children and young people, I want to know what sort of impact this will have on the figures of arrests and reports of crime in Sussex.”


 Other questions on the agenda at this PAM include:

  • Policing of the bonfire celebrations
  • Use of the ‘THRIVE’ decision-making model
  • Modern slavery, human trafficking, honour-based violence and forced marriage
  • Operation Magpie – burglary crime prevention campaign
  • Home Affairs Committee: policing for the future
  • Information management – breach of Freedom of Information Act
  • HMICFRS – value for money profile 2018
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