Officer recruitment & neighbourhood policing under the spotlight


WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 17 September @ 13:00

WHERE: Watch it live or in the archive at our webcast portal

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

From her regular engagement with communities through correspondence, events and focus groups Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne is aware that neighbourhood policing and visibility is a top priority for residents. That’s why she’ll be putting questions about it to Chief Constable Shiner at her webcast Performance & Accountability Meeting this Friday, 17th September.

Mrs Bourne says: “Residents, including those taking part in my focus groups, regularly tell me how important police visibility in their towns and villages is to them so I’ll be asking the Chief Constable how her Neighbourhood Policing Teams engage with local residents, including how they address the specific needs of individual communities?

The PCC will also be requesting an update on officer recruitment and asking questions about Sussex Police’s response to fraud and the challenges of forensic investigations.

Mrs Bourne continues: “Following a recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, I will be asking how the force has reflected on the findings and recommendations. I particularly want to scrutinise Sussex Police’s plans to tackle fraud, which now accounts for 37% of all crime nationally?”

“Given the importance of forensic investigations, I also want to hear from the Chief Constable about the challenges posed by these investigations and how they can cause delays, any expected changes in demand and how victims are updated when delays to forensics occur.”

The full agenda for Friday’s meeting is:

Investment areas following precept increase

Neighbourhood policing

HMIFCRS – A review of fraud: time to choose



The next PAM is on Friday 22 October, 13:00.