Public question police chiefs for over an hour and a half


One hundred and fifty Brighton and Hove residents attended the first Community Conversation event at Hove Town Hall on Monday (6 Oct) and had their say on policing issues that mattered to them.

Argus editor, Michael Beard, chaired the lively debate and directed a host of questions from the floor as well as pre-submitted ones to Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, Chief Constable, Giles York and Brighton & Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp.

A wide variety of issues were put to the police chiefs covering drug use, and the impact of police savings, and questioning policies and procedures for dealing with Travellers, street drinkers and cycling on pavements.

The Chief Constable reassured residents that CCTV was an effective method of monitoring criminal behavior with highly experienced and meticulous observers relaying information very quickly to officers on the ground.

Commenting on last night’s debate, Mrs Bourne said: “I want to thank all those people who made an effort to come along to Hove Town Hall and also to the many people who submitted questions in advance. Their input made for a very frank, challenging and engaging evening.

“Given the volume and variety of questions it is clear to me that local residents have some serious concerns about community policing and therefore welcomed the opportunity to have their say.”

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp said: “It was a good opportunity to hear directly from a cross section of residents of Brighton and Hove about issues that were affecting them. I was pleased to be able to talk about how in the City we are tackling some of the issues that were raised and to consider with my team how we can better address some of the other points made.”

Mrs Bourne continued: “I would also like to thank The Argus Editor, Michael Beard, for his involvement last night in making the live debate run as smoothly as possible and for his paper’s support in the run up to the event.

“I was delighted that Latest TV Brighton filmed the evening and I appreciate the support from local radio stations such as Juice and BBC Sussex in helping to publicise the Community Conversation event.”  

Questions that were not answered at the Hove Town Hall event will be published with answers on The Argus website over the coming weeks.

The next Community Conversation is on Tuesday 9 December. Venue TBC.

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