HAVING served as Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner since November 2012, I have the experience and proven track record to continue making a difference to policing in our county.
I have visibly and consistently held the police to account on behalf of residents, supported victims of crime and, despite challenging financial pressures, have prudently managed the budget to empower the Chief Constable to begin significant investment in frontline policing, primarily focussed on increasing police officer numbers in our neighbourhoods.
SOME ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR
- Opened recruitment for 800 new Police Constables over the next four years so that Sussex will have 200 more officers by 2022 than they currently have. These officers will be working in our communities where residents want to see them – 70 new officers joined Sussex Police this week. We also have 34 new PCSOs starting this month, taking us to 215 across Sussex.
- By effectively holding the police to account through my monthly webcast performance meetings, neighbourhood officers now spend 41% of their time working in communities compared to just 16% pre-2016. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary judged Sussex Police to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ across each of the core PEEL inspection areas. These reports can be viewed here: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/performance/hmicfrs-inspection-reports/
- Established an award-winning Restorative Justice Partnership which has seen re-offending rates drop to just 18% compared to the national average of 26%. The Partnership won ‘Investment Strategy of the Year 2017’ for best use of public money from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Protected £26,398.00 funding to Wealden Community Safety Partnership for fifth year running.
- Since March 2014, £40,000 has been given to projects specifically in Wealden from my Safer in Sussex Community Fund.
- I have also part-funded the successful Forest Row Community Warden pilot.
- As PCC, I have given funding support to victims of crime with more than 45,000 contacted this year – a 20% increase from 2016/17. Nearly 3,000 victims received face-to-face support including 400+ vulnerable victims of fraud, and educational workshops have been delivered to 1,700+ children.
MY PLAN TO CONTINUE DELIVERING
If re-selected I will continue to:
- Drive effective neighbourhood policing, especially in our rural areas, by increasing police officers numbers to 200 more than we currently have by 2022. This is the largest intake in more than ten years and officers will be visible in our community. You can read more here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/media/8394/sussex-police-transformation-strategy_7-rev-web.pdf
- Support all victims of crime, especially our elderly and young.
- Increase funding to Wealden Community Safety Partnership to £38,945 to make it fairer and consistent with other areas.
- Invest in, and further improve the performance and efficiency of, Sussex Police.
Strong Leadership - A Clear Plan - Thank you for your continued support.