Sussex PCC to question Chief Constable about mental health provision

18/04/2017

Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will question the Chief Constable about changes to mental health provisions to improve the outcomes for people experiencing a mental health crisis introduced by the Policing and Crime Act 2017. She will also be asking how the force is working to improve road safety, particularly for motorcyclists.

These are just some of the areas that PCC Katy Bourne will challenge the Chief Constable on at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).

WHEN: Friday 21 April, 1pm

WHERE: Watch live online or catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

MEDIA INVITATION: If you would like to stream the meeting on your own news site please contact sammi.carwardine@sussex-pcc.gov.uk for the embed code. For media interviews contact the media team on 01273 481561

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow the meeting on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said: “Changes brought in under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 aim to ensure people experiencing a mental health crisis get the most appropriate support and care, promptly.

“There are already arrangements in place for police officers to consult mental health practitioners as part of street triage when called to incidents with people who may have mental health issues. I will be seeking assurances that all young persons detained by the force and thought to be suffering from mental health are moved to an approved place of safety for proper assessment and care.

“I remain fully supportive of the work carried out by Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to tackle and prevent the main causes of death and serious injuries on the county’s roads. At the meeting I want to find out the key areas of risk around road safety in the summer months and how Sussex Police plans to respond to these.”

Other topics under discussion include an update on how the additional funds raised by the precept increase are being used to strengthen local policing as well what Sussex Police are doing to encourage people to protect their homes following a year-on-year increase in the number of recorded burglaries.

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