A Policing update from Katy Bourne OBE the Susses Police and Crime Commissioner:

Today I welcomed a vote of support from the Sussex Police & Crime Panel members who backed my decision to increase the police precept by an extra £10 per year (for an average Band D property).

This recommendation was made after substantial online public consultation and 20 focus groups held across Sussex in which people told me they would pay more for policing if they felt the benefit locally.

After the Government’s delayed police funding announcement last week, I tested the public's opinion in a snap poll. Nearly 6,500 residents responded during this past week with 66% in favour of the increase.

The Chief Constable presented a compelling business case to me to invest in the following:

  • A central Tactical Enforcement Unit and one for each division across Sussex
  • More police officers to tackle criminality on our roads
  • Increasing investigative teams with more detectives and investigators
  • More trained dog units to help with the increase in targeted investigations
  • More local resolution centres, working closely with victims of crime
  • Increased policing presence in our towns and villages
  • Diverting more young people away from crime via the REBOOT scheme
  • Cracking down on rural crime with an expansion of the dedicated rural team
  • Increasing the digital presence of local policing teams

With the Panel's support, we’re now able to invest in more enforcement, more investigation and an even greater policing presence in our towns and villages. They’ve also given Sussex Police the opportunity to begin implementing the already successful Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) across each division in the county.