Policing of the easing of lockdown on accountability agenda


WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 16 April @ 13:00

WHERE: Watch live or in the archive

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

Earlier this week, another step on the ‘road map’ towards easing the lockdown restrictions safely in England was reached when non-essential retail and hospitality venues were allowed to re-open on 12 April 2021.

The first item on the agenda on Friday will be an update from the first week of this new guidance in place and the policing approach that Chief Constable Jo Shiner has implemented.

Mrs Bourne said: “It is encouraging for us all that, from our sacrifices over the last year, we are now beginning to return to some normality - having the opportunity to reunite with loved ones outside and visit our local high streets.

“I know that the vast majority of Sussex residents will continue to follow the guidance in place to navigate our way out of this pandemic safely.

“This live streamed meeting will give residents the opportunity to hear how Sussex Police will be continuing to use the 5Es approach - engagement, explanation, education, encouragement and, as a last resort, enforcement – to support the public in this transition.

“I will also be enquiring about the number of fixed penalty notices issued to date and seeking assurances that the powers available to officers at this time are being used consistently and proportionately.”

As part of this agenda point the total amount of additional costs incurred by Sussex Police to date in response to the pandemic will be revealed, along with the force’s plans to spend the £291,846 allocated by the Home Office to increase enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions at the border.

Other topics under discussion include:

Call handling times and contact

Outstanding warrants

Operation Hydrant – non-recent child sexual abuse

Dog theft in Sussex – revisited

Planning for the policing of local elections

The next PAM is on Friday, 21 May 2021 at 13:00.