Sussex PCC to question Chief Constable about security following terror attacks

13/06/2017

Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will question the Chief Constable about measures being put in place in Sussex following the terror attacks in Manchester and London. She will also be asking about progress on the recruitment of 52 additional armed response officers in Sussex and Surrey following the increase to the policing part of residents’ council tax in 2017/18.

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 16 June, 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: “I want to know how confident the Chief Constable is that the force remains well placed in its preparation and plans to respond if there were a similar attack in Sussex.

“In addition, after the arrest and subsequent release without charge of a 23-year-old man on suspicion of terrorism offences in Shoreham, I will be seeking to find out what extra reassurance has been provided in the local area to manage any community tensions.

“With summer now upon us, concerns have been raised by residents, communities and businesses of an increased potential for street drinking and other associated anti-social behaviour in town centres and public spaces. I will be asking what powers are available to Sussex Police to tackle street drinking and how these are prioritised and enforced by the force, as well as how officers are working with partners to tackle street drinking.”

Other topics under discussion will include an update on Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s drink-and-drug drive campaign this month, including the total number of drivers breathalysed or tested for substances then arrested, as well as out-of-court disposals, the powers given to the police to provide on-the-spot sanctions to low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

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