Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has unveiled her new Police and Crime Plan with the county’s community safety priorities for the next four years.
Protecting Sussex’s vulnerable and commissioning the best services to help victims of crime are among the plan’s core principles, as is ensuring that victims and witnesses have the most positive experience of the criminal justice system.
Another central objective is to strengthen local policing and ensure Sussex Police maintains a local approach to community engagement that is accessible, adaptable and reflects local need.
The 2017-2021 plan to keep Sussex safe also focuses on encouraging and supporting local communities to prevent crime and disorder and working with partners to reduce offending and reoffending.
“Sussex remains one of the safest places to live in the country but the challenges of new and persistent crime are ever present and I am determined to ensure we have a highly professional police force which works effectively with our communities and partnerships to keep us safe,” says Katy Bourne.
“That is why I have included specific measures in the plan that will help evaluate how well Sussex Police works at a local and regional level to protect us, catch and deter those most intent on causing harm and prioritise the policing response where needed. Of particular importance will be targeting those involved in the cruel and insidious exploitation of children, the elderly, and perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse and violence.
“I have sought additional funding this year to invest in more than 100 new police officer and specialist staff posts to further strengthen Sussex Police’s resilience in local policing, public protection and armed response. These new posts will enhance our reshaped Sussex Police force which has evolved rapidly over the past three years, responding to the reductions in public spending through significant efficiency savings whilst remaining well placed to tackle the emerging threats of fraud, cyber-crime and terrorism.
“I continue to fund our 12 Sussex Community Safety Partnerships with over £1.4m per year and I am grateful for the invaluable work that the partnerships and our local authorities do to make Sussex safer. People who live in, work in and visit Sussex have the right to feel and be safe as well as be confident in the knowledge that when they need Sussex Police they get the most professional help. This plan is our touchstone for making this happen.”
To view the full plan, please visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/police-crime-plan