PCC questions Chief Constable about police response to unlicensed rave during this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting


Katy BourneThis month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Friday 20 June between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and Chief Constable, Giles York. The meeting, which will be webcast live from 1-3pm, will see the Commissioner question Mr York on police priorities and performance.

Items on the agenda for Friday’s meeting include: Sussex Police’s response to the unlicensed rave at Devils Dyke last month; the reduction in the number of children in custody; the accuracy of crime data recording and officer fitness.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “I was concerned for local residents who had been directly affected by an unlicensed rave at Devils Dyke last month and the subsequent criticism of Sussex Police for not closing it down. I have therefore asked for an internal review to be carried out by Sussex Police and I am looking forward to hearing what their findings are and I know local residents will too.

“There has been much negative publicity around crime data integrity recording in police forces throughout the country. It is important to the people of Sussex that they can trust the way crime data is recorded by their local force. Following a recent review by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) I will be asking Mr York how well Sussex Police’s performance compares to other forces.

“I was pleased to learn that a recent report from the College of Policing showed that Sussex Police officers are now fitter than the average officer in England and Wales. During Friday’s PAM I will be asking the Chief Constable to explain more about their recommended fitness test and how Sussex Police intends to improve overall fitness levels amongst all officers.

“Please view the PAM live online at http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/ and/or follow the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny. A recording will be available to view online shortly after the meeting.”

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