Police Budget

The PCC holds a shared responsibility with the Chief Constable for providing effective financial and budget planning for the short, medium and longer term. In consultation with the Chief Constable, the PCC is required to set a budget for the forthcoming year.

Additionally the PCC makes other decisions throughout the year which we publish on our PCC Decisions page, you can view these here.

2018/19 Budget & Policing Precept

The Police & Crime Commissioner is currently consulting members of the public on the police precept for 2018/19. To take part in the consultation please click here.

To find out more about the Chief Constable's financial plans for 2018/19 please click here.

2017/18 Budget & Policing Precept

Information about the total police budget for 2017-18 can be found in the following links:

The PCC sought the views of Sussex taxpayers regarding the 2017/18 police precept (the amount you pay for policing in your Council Tax). The majority of respondents supported an increase of 3.36%. This proposal follows a business case set out by the Chief Constable for additional investment to provide over 100 additional police officers and specialist staff to strengthen four areas of local policing: Community Investigation Teams, Armed Response Officers, Public Protection Investigators and Expert Youth Teams.

The precept proposal was supported by members of the Sussex Police & Crime Panel at their meeting on 20 January 2017. This means that local taxpayers will pay an additional £5.00 for policing per year per household (for a Band D property).

Further information about how the policing element of your Council Tax will be spent in 2017/18 can be found on the following link:

In addition, a summary of the Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed through the following link:

The PCC approved the Council Tax Precept and Revenue and Capital Budget 2017/18 on 9 February 2017. This is all set out in the report here.

How Sussex Police uses its budget

Please click on the links to below to see how Sussex Police uses its budget, and independent assessment of its value for money from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

  • The annual statements of accounts can be found at this link

If you would to participate in any future police and crime surveys and receive regular updates from the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner please click here.

2016/17 Budget & Policing Precept

Information about the total police budget for 2016-17 can be found in the following links:

The Commissioner sought the views of Sussex taxpayers regarding the 2016-17 police precept (the amount you pay for policing in your Council Tax). The majority of respondents supported an increase of 3.4%. This proposal follows a business case set out by the Chief Constable for additional investment to support operational demands including digital forensics and protecting vulnerable people. The precept proposal was supported by members of the Sussex Police & Crime Panel at their meeting on 22 January 2016. This means that local taxpayers will pay an additional £5.00 for policing per year per household (for a Band D property).

Further information about how the policing element of your Council Tax will be spent in 2016-17 can be found on the following link:

In addition, a summary of the Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed through the following link:

How Sussex Police uses its budget

Please click on the links to below to see how Sussex Police uses its budget, and independent assessment of its value for money from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

2015/16 Budget & Policing Precept

Information about the total police budget for 2015-16 can be found in the following links:

The Commissioner sought the views of Sussex taxpayers regarding the 2015-16 police precept (the amount you pay for policing in your Council Tax). The majority of respondents supported a prudent increase of 1.98%. This proposal follows a business case set out by the Chief Constable for additional investment to support operational demands including improving the Force’s ability to tackle child sexual exploitation and respond to incidents of cybercrime. The precept proposal was supported by members of the Sussex Police & Crime Panel at their meeting on 23 January 2015. This means that local taxpayers will pay an additional £2.79 for policing per year per household (for a Band D property).

Further information about how the policing element of your Council Tax will be spent in 2015-16 can be found on the following link:

In addition, a summary of the Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed through the following link:

2014/15 Budget & Policing Precept

Information about the total police budget for 2014-15 can be found in the following links:

Following a government announcement in early 2014 about Council Tax Referendum Limits, the Commissioner decided, with the support of the Police & Crime Panel, to increase the policing part of the Council Tax for 2014-15 by 1.95%. This added £2.70 per year per household for a Band D property in Sussex.

The Commissioner has a statutory obligation to set the police budget and that is why the views of Sussex taxpayers regarding a potential increase were sought. The results of a public consultation showed that the majority (67%) of respondents supported a precept increase of 3.6% in 2015/15 to fund future investment in areas such as reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child exploitation, strengthening the fight against cyber crime and increasing the visibility of frontline policing.

A precept rise of 1.95% still enabled Sussex Police to invest in the above areas with revisions to the timescale for delivery of these investments.

You can find out more about how the police precept was spent in 2014-15 on the following link:

2013/14 Budget & Policing Precept

Budget information for the 2013-14 financial year can be found on the links below:

The PCC froze the policing element of the Council Tax (the Policing Precept) in 2013-14, meaning Sussex taxpayers paid the same amount for policing as the previous year.

 The Financial Management Code of Practice provides clarity on financial governance arrangements within the police service in England and Wales.

A range of other funds will be transferred to the PCC to identify and commission services. These currently include community safety funds, money for youth offending, drug intervention and treatment and a number of other areas. 

Contracts and Tenders

Sussex and Surrey Police now collaborate on procurement.

It is a requirement within the Financial Regulations that Value for Money is a consideration in all procurement decisions.

You can find out more about Sussex Police’s contracts and tenders via the joint Bluelight Procurement Portal.

Full copies of contracts over £10,000 are available on request through the Joint Procurement Service Unit for Sussex and Surrey by email to: JointProcurementService@surrey.pnn.police.uk

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