Sussex PCC to quiz Chief Constable on police budget savings and organised crime

27/01/2017

PCC Katy Bourne is to question the Chief Constable about Sussex Police’s planned budget savings of £11.3m in the coming financial year. She will also scrutinise the effectiveness of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in tackling those who commit serious and organised crime, as well as probe an increase in burglary dwelling crimes.

These are just some of the questions that the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will put to Chief Constable Giles York at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).

WHEN: Friday 27 January, 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

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow the meeting on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said: “The overall budget for 2017/18 includes a savings requirement of £11.3m. I want to find out where and when Sussex Police proposes to make savings and I will be asking how the Force will ensure these proposals are manageable and sustainable.

“In an extensive consultation over eight weeks, nearly 80% of residents supported an increase in the policing part of the council tax for the next year, a decision which received support from the Police & Crime Panel last week.

“This investment will provide over 100 additional police officers and specialist staff to strengthen four areas of local policing: Community Priority Crime Teams, Authorised Firearms Officers, Public Protection Investigators and Expert Youth Teams. I want to know when recruitment for these posts will begin and when those officers and staff will be fully trained and working in their new roles.

“I will also be questioning the Chief Constable on the effectiveness of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, which works with police forces in the South East, including Sussex, to protect communities from serious organised crime. I intend to find out how the unit works with partner agencies in Sussex to use powers to seize and recover assets from criminals involved in organised crime.

“In addition I will be asking for an update on burglary dwelling crimes as I note that the Force experienced a 15% increase in the number of crimes from 1 April to 31 December 2016, compared to the same period the year before.”

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