What does the police grant settlement mean for local policing?


Katy BourneThat’s just one of the questions the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne, will be putting to Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York at their monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) this week.

WHEN: Friday 15 January 2016, 1-3pm
WHERE: Watch live online or on catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home
Media are invited to stream the meeting across their own news sites.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny.

“Commenting ahead of the meeting PCC Katy Bourne said: “The police grant settlement and council tax referendum limits for 2016/2017 were announced at the end of December. Sussex Police is set to receive an increase of £2.5m (if the precept is also increased to the maximum referendum limit). I will be asking Mr York what this means for the force and if the planned delivery of the Local Policing Programme will be revised as a result of this settlement.

The results of the Force’s Christmas crime prevention campaigns will also be discussed at the meeting, including Operation Dragonfly (tackling drink and drug driving) and Operation Ribbon (domestic abuse response).

“I want to find out how the Force’s seasonal drink driving and domestic abuse campaigns will be built on throughout the year”, Mrs Bourne said.

Other topics due to be discussed at the meeting include;

  • Police force arrest figures;
  • Honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM); and
  • The effect that digital technology is having on crime and policing.

“The topics at each PAM are informed by the experiences and concerns that residents share with me as well as the issues that attract widespread debate and discussion. As a voice for local people on policing and crime this is an opportunity for residents to see me directly question the Chief Constable on the issues that matter most to them”, Mrs Bourne added.

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