Sussex PCC to question Chief Constable about effectiveness of new policing model

11/09/2017

Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will question the Chief Constable about the force’s changes to its policing model at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting. She will be seeking to find out how Sussex Police is assessing the effectiveness of this model and how local policing will be delivered across Sussex in respect of crime prevention, response and investigation.

WHEN: Friday 15 September 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 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: “While I recognise the need to modernise neighbourhood policing and the ambition of the Local Policing Programme, I agree with the findings of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's Effectiveness report published in March that Sussex Police still need to better show how the new model will continue to support local communities.

“I will be asking the Chief Constable how the force is analysing what impact the introduction of the new model is having on local communities.”

Other topics under discussion will include the handling times for calls to the 101 non-emergency number as well as Sussex Police's response to increased demand on police officers and staff following an 11% rise in the number of recorded crimes from September 2016 to August 2017 compared to the same period the previous year.

“My office has received a number of concerns from residents, communities and businesses regarding the recorded number of anti-social behaviour crimes which has increased by 7% or 1,623 additional crimes across the same period,” added Mrs Bourne.

“I will be seeking to find out what work the force is doing with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour, particularly how officers and staff are working with schools and other educational establishments to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.”

Notes for Editors:

1. In the last rolling year period to 24 August 2017, 75% of 101 calls were answered in 4 minutes, with an average wait time of 3 minutes 13 seconds for all non-emergency calls. 89% of 999 calls were answered within 10 seconds across the same period.

2. Sussex Police has experienced an 11% increase in the number of recorded crimes across 2016/17 (1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017), in comparison to the same period in 2015/16. This equated to an additional 11,293 crimes recorded.

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