Past performance and future plans debated


What does the police grant settlement mean for local policing?

That’s one of the questions County’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will put to Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York at their monthly Performance and Accountability Meeting (PAM) today (January 15.)

Commenting ahead of the meeting Katy Bourne said: “The police grant settlement and council tax referendum limits for 2016/2017 were announced at the end of December. Sussex Police is set to receive an increase of £2.5m (if the precept is also increased to the maximum referendum limit.) I will be asking what this means for the force and if planned delivery of the Local Policing Programme will be revised as a result of this settlement.”

Results of the Christmas crime prevention campaigns will also be discussed including Operation Dragonfly (drink and drug driving) and Operation Ribbon (domestic abuse.) Mrs Bourne added: “I want to find out how the Force’s seasonal drink driving and domestic abuse campaigns will be built on throughout the year.”

Other topics to be discussed include arrest figures, honour-based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and the effect digital technology has on crime and policing. Topics at each PAM are informed by concerns residents share with her as well as issues that attract widespread debate. She went on: “As a voice for local people on policing and crime this is an opportunity for residents to see me directly question the Chief Constable on the issues that matter most to them.”

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