PCC welcomes HMIC report that praises Sussex Police
An HMIC Inspection Report, published on Tuesday (22 July) has shown that Sussex Police is on track to achieve its required savings by; has plans in place to deliver future savings up to 2016; has been successfully collaborating with Surrey Police; maintained visible policing and reduced overall crime.
Commenting on the findings of the report, Mrs Bourne said: “I welcome this HMIC report, which has identified good practice in Sussex Police for meeting the required financial savings to safeguard frontline policing and keep the people of Sussex safe.
“Public services are facing tough times, with police forces no exception. I recognise that Sussex Police have had to play their part in finding significant savings. I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable to maximise value for money and embed best practice at every level.
“It is a real testament to the hard work of officers, staff and volunteers that Sussex has a lower rate of crime per 1000 population than the England and Wales average.
“I was also pleased that the report recognised how Sussex Police has been active in increasing the way it uses and develops the volunteering scheme which supports local policing across the force. I am a huge advocate of the benefits of volunteering and helping to make a difference in your local community and have helped launch two special constable recruitment campaigns since coming into office.
“Special constables have been involved in policing Sussex since 1831 and are an integral part of policing in the modern world. Sussex Police has moved away from the traditional role of the special by using them more in operations like Op Manhunt and I know first-hand that the specials who have worked in this more investigative way have found it very rewarding.”
The Op Manhunt team was created to provide an innovative solution to locating wanted people in the city, utilising special constables as the predominant resource, and similar teams are now being formed in neighbouring divisions.
The full report for Sussex Police can be found at www.hmic.gov.uk