An update from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne OBE, on funding for our constabulary.
On Wednesday I welcomed the biggest funding boost for policing in a decade after the Government announced its police funding settlement. This means the overall amount available for national policing could be as much as £15.2billion, if all PCCs take advantage of the £10 precept flexibility.
Thanks to previous increases in precept contributions, Sussex Police will have 100 extra Police Community Support Officers by March and 50 more specialist staff. It is also on target to recruit 250 additional police officers by 2023.
I discussed a potential increase in funding with the Chief Constable today at our monthly Performance & Accountability meeting. He assured me that any rise in precept contribution would further strengthen the Force’s ability to keep Sussex safe.
CC Giles York said: “I welcome the proposed increase of £10 which will help us to continue our progress of recent years and make a real difference to the way the public feel about policing. It would mean more police officers and staff to take criminals off our streets; safeguard more victims; tackle rural crime; secure more prosecutions and handle the increasing demand placed on the contact centre.”
I want to ask how you feel about increasing the amount you pay for policing by an average of 20p per week (an extra £10 a year). This is your chance to add your voice to the views I’ve collected over the past year. I’ve launched a snap survey which will only take 30 seconds for you to complete: https://sussexpolice.researchfeedback.net/SussexOSPCCPrecept
New Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) came into effect on Monday as a welcome additional tool for police to use in responding to reports of stalking. On that very day Sussex Police led the way in enforcing this new law by successfully submitting the first SPO application in the country. This placed prohibitions on a local stalker’s behaviour and safeguarded his victim.
Any breaches of these orders will be treated as a criminal offence, resulting in a jail term of up to five years. I hope that this will act as a substantial deterrent and a way to enforce the law without adding unnecessary strain upon the victim.
You can report stalking or harassment online, by calling 101 or 999 if you are in danger. Details of local support available for stalking victims can be found on Safe Space Sussex.