Sussex PCC to question Chief Constable about public confidence in neighbourhood policing

16/11/2017

Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will question the Chief Constable about how the force understands and prepares for increased demand at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting. Last week, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) judged Sussex Police to be 'good' in how efficiently it keeps people safe and reduces crime. However, the inspectorate’s report expressed concern that the implementation of the new policing model, coinciding with an unanticipated increase in demand, has left the force feeling “stretched”.

WHEN: Friday 17 November at 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 Elinor.evans@sussex-pcc.gov.uk for the embed code. For media interviews contact the media team on 01273 481561

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“It is reassuring that this report recognises that Sussex Police works efficiently to keep people safe and reduce crime,” says Mrs Bourne. “However HMICFRS were disappointed to see that neighbourhood policing has been left with reduced numbers of officers since the last inspection. I will be asking the Chief Constable about concerns in the report that neighbourhood policing will remain under-resourced with further reductions planned and that this could affect public confidence.”

Other topics under discussion include last month's crime figures for England and Wales for the year ending June 2017, which showed total recorded crime had increased by 13% across England and Wales and by 12% in Sussex.

Mrs Bourne added: “I am particularly concerned by the 15% rise in sexual offences reported to the police in Sussex and I will be raising this with the Chief Constable at the meeting. I want to know whether this increase can be attributed to an improvement to public confidence as well as accurate recording by Sussex Police, or if there has been an actual increase in offending.

“I will also be seeking to find out more about the drop in arrests in Sussex, according to Home Office figures for 2016/17, and whether this is due to the greater availability of out-of-court disposals, voluntary attendance and the force’s approach to reduce the criminalisation of children and young people. I will also be asking the Chief Constable to respond to claims that these reducing figures send a message to criminals that they can get away with it.”

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