PCC to question Chief Constable on drug dealing and drug taking in Brighton

16/05/2018

Following her recent attendance at the St. James’ Street Local Area Team (LAT) General Meeting, where members of the public and local business owners raised issues about open drug dealing and drug taking in certain areas of Brighton, Katy Bourne, the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, will question Sussex Police Chief Constable about this including: what are the key challenges for Sussex Police regarding drugs in Brighton & Hove; what specific powers the Force has to deal with drug dealing and drug taking; and how is Police proactively working with partners to reduce drug use in the City.

WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting

WHEN: Friday 18 May 2018 at 1pm

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: "Drug dealing and drug taking is a real blight on our society.  Not only does it destroy the lives of those who are unfortunately addicted but it also has a devastating effect on local communities.

Of course, we need to recognise that some people are caught in a vicious cycle of drug dependency and exploitation by organised gangs that often drives them to criminal behaviour. These people need help to escape that downward spiral which is why I provide funding for projects tackling substance abuse and dependency and rehabilitation.

However, I share the concerns expressed to me by residents and local business owners at the St James’ Street LAT General Meeting and that is why I will be questioning the Chief Constable on what Sussex Police and partners are doing to tackle the drug issues in Brighton.  

I want local residents and business owners to be reassured that Sussex Police will act on reports of drug dealing and the consequential anti-social behaviour.”

Other topics under discussion include:

  • Sussex Police’s use of stop and search powers following 2017/18 statistics which show that those who identify themselves as Black were 14 times more likely to be stopped than a white person.
  • How are plans progressing to invest in more visible, local policing in Sussex, following last months launch of the Sussex Police 2018/22 Transformation Strategy?
  • What is the cause of delays in the processing of requests for information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Subject Access Requests through the Data Protection Act 1998?
  • An update on Sussex Police’s performance regarding non-emergency call handling times.                                                                                                       

Notes for editors

MEDIA INVITATION: If you would like to stream the meeting on your own news site please contact natalie.mcfall@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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