Is Sussex prepared for a nerve agent attack?

21/03/2018

WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 23 March 2018 at 9:00am

WHERE: Watch live online or catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SussexPoliceScrutiny

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “Following the shocking news of the recent Salisbury nerve agent attack, I want to know how confident Sussex Police – and the Sussex Resilience Forum – is that the county is prepared and rehearsed to respond to any such attack. I will also be asking what learning the police are taking from the situation in Wiltshire, particularly around the management of public health concerns.”

The Sussex Resilience Forum is a partnership whose members have statutory responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, to work together to prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies and major incidents.

“Recent water shortages have also recently affected many parts of Sussex and I will be seeking assurances that, in the event of any emergency situation, Sussex Police and other local public services are working effectively together to keep Sussex safe,” Mrs Bourne continued.

Other topics due to be discussed at the PAM include:

  • How anti social behaviour is being dealt with through the new local policing model
  • Call handling times to 101, the police non-emergency number
  • Outstanding police warrants
  • Missing sex offenders
  • How Sussex Police is supporting national crime prevention campaigns including Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day and ‘Action Counters Terrorism’.

“Residents, quite rightly, want to know how the money they contribute through their Council Tax for policing is being spent,” Mrs Bourne added.

“The Chief Constable [Giles York] has told me that this increased investment in 2018/19 will support a preventative police presence in our local communities and ensure the force is accessible when people need it. That is why I will be asking Mr York how community concerns such as anti social behaviour, public protection and police call handling times are being addressed effectively.”

Notes for editors

MEDIA INVITATION: If you would like to stream the meeting on your own news site please contact rosie.gooch@sussex-pcc.gov.uk for the embed code. For interviews with the PCC please contact the communications team on 01273 335634.                                                                                                 

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