Policing Coastal Borders

15/01/2019

WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 18 January at 13:00

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 #SusPolScrutiny

The media recently reported that almost 100 migrants attempted to cross the Channel from France over the Christmas period using small boats and dinghies to reach the coastline. This remains a particular concern to Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne because of the number of ports, harbours and marinas in Sussex.

Sussex Police have asked people living or working on the coastline to report suspicious or unusual activity as part of a multi-agency law enforcement campaign, Project Kraken.

Delivered by the NCA, Border Force and police forces, the project aims to strengthen the general maritime industry’s response to threats and the PCC will be questioning senior officers on the level of support from Sussex Police to this important initiative.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “At this time, when reports have increased, of migrants attempting to illegally cross the Channel into our country, I want assurance from Sussex Police that they are well positioned to respond to any potential threat along the 80 miles stretch of Sussex coastline. I also want to make sure that they are working with partners to ensure there are appropriate humanitarian measures and facilities in place to support migrants.

“There is a concern that the capacity of the UK Border Force will make Sussex a more frequent target for human trafficking and people smuggling. I want to know the Force’s take on these latest developments and hear the measures they have provisionally put in place to respond.”

Other topics under discussion include:

• OPERATION TREBOR – DRONE DISRUPTION AT GATWICK AIRPORT
• OPERATION DRAGONFLY – CHRISTMAS DRINK-AND-DRUG-DRIVE CAMPAIGN 2018 – RESULTS
• OPERATION RIBBON – RESULTS
• POLICE OFFICER AND PCSO RECRUITMENT UPDATE
• PROPOSED PRECEPT INCREASE 2019/20

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