Sussex PCC to question Chief Constable about possible restrictions following acid attacks
Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will question the Chief Constable about the key challenges facing the force to tackle assaults using corrosive substances in Sussex. She will also be asking about the plans in place to meet the recommendations set out in a joint inspection into the police and Crown Prosecution Service’s response to harassment and stalking as well as how the force monitors registered sex offenders.
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 July, 3pm
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Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said: “There have been 23 assaults involving corrosive substances in Sussex in the past three-and-a-half years, though there has not been any increase year-on-year.
“However it was recently reported that the number of assaults involving corrosive substances in England and Wales has risen by 30% in two years, with men accounting for two-thirds of these victims. I am concerned that the true extent of acid attacks may be hidden because victims are afraid of reprisals. I want to know what Sussex Police is doing to encourage more victims to come forward.
“I would also like to find out whether more can be done to restrict the availability of these substances and how the force is targeting retailers that sell these products to remind them of their responsibilities.”
Other topics under discussion will include the response to a joint report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate into harassment and stalking. The PCC will be seeking an update since March’s meeting on plans to better educate police officers and staff to understand and recognise harassment and stalking and accurately record instances reported to them.
A progress update will also be sought on how additional funds from the policing precept have been used to strengthen Public Protection Investigators and Expert Youth Teams, as well as how agencies are working together to review and assess sex offenders living in Sussex.