Sussex Police boss calls on residents to have their say

The Sussex Police and crime commissioner is asking residents to speak up about the issues that matter to them through the ‘Policing Priorities and Funding Survey’.

Katy Bourne said, “I want to know which issues matter most to people, and ask what can be done to address them by all our local partners working in collaboration with the police.

“This helps me set the local policing priorities for the chief constable to address, as set out in my police and crime plan.

“As the elected Sussex Police and crime commissioner I am also responsible for securing the annual budget for Sussex Police, which consists of an annual Government grant and the police precept element of your council tax – which makes up 41 per cent of the total.”

Katy Bourne with road safety officers in Haywards Heath. Picture from Sussex PCC SUS-200610-113055001

Each police force in the country raises extra money to fund activity through council tax – this is called the police precept.

The police and crime commissioner added, “All of us, including our public services, face rising costs from inflation, so if we want to sustain levels of neighbourhood policing in Sussex, take more offenders off the streets and protect communities, we will need to consider increasing the precept next year.

“I know that any increase next year will be challenging on top of other costs, but households still pay less for policing in Sussex than most counties, where the precept remains one of the lowest in the country at 31 out of 37.”

Residents can have their say on www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/precept-priorities

The survey’s closing date is January 9, 2022.