PCC statement in response to COVID-19

19/03/2020

"In response to the Government and Public Health’s recent safety guidance regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, my Chief Executive and I have made some temporary changes to the way the office is managed and in how I hold the police to account on your behalf.

"We have advised staff to work from home.  The statutory functions of the office will still be upheld and I will continue to provide oversight of Sussex Police for our local communities.  However, there will be some changes to how we do this and to the timescales we usually abide by.

"Our team will do their best to ensure that phone calls to the office number are still answered but, in the current climate, please do consider communicating with the office via email or look on my website for answers to your questions.

"I will be suspending my webcast Performance & Accountability meetings for the foreseeable future to free up valuable time for  senior officers so they can focus on pressing operational matters.  However, I will provide you with weekly video and newsletter updates on my continued discussions with the Chief Constable in order to keep Sussex residents informed about Sussex Police’s response to these unprecedented and evolving circumstances. You can ensure that you receive these weekly updates by signing up to my newsletter.

"I also want to reassure you that Sussex Police will continue to be there for you if you are in need.  As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I am in daily contact with the Chief Constable and his senior team, receiving updates on how they are working to keep you safe.  I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure you that there are robust plans in place to deal with any change in officer numbers as a result of the result of the impact of COVID-19.

"I am committed to ensuring that your voice continues to be represented to the force during the challenging times ahead and that local crime and community safety priorities remain at the forefront of our local policing.

"Please continue to follow the advice from Public Health regarding your personal safety and the safety of your family and wider community during this time.”

Katy Bourne OBE PCC for Sussex

Mark Streater Chief Executive Officer