Sussex PCC to question Chief Constable about forensic services

20/02/2018

Integrity of forensic evidence and the illegal supply of Prescription Only Medicines to be discussed at police scrutiny meeting

WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 23 February 2018 at 1.30pm

WHERE: Watch live online or catch up: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SussexPoliceScrutiny

One of main companies of forensic services to a number of police forces (Key Forensics Services Limited) had recently gone into administration, leaving approximately 2,000 incomplete cases they were working on for around 30 forces across the country.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, will question Chief Constable Giles York on how many pending cases relate to Sussex, what impact this could have on the evidence presented by the Force in any live and ongoing cases and how Sussex Police manages the risks associated with outsourcing the provision of forensic services.

Mrs Bourne will also ask Mr York how Sussex Police is working with partners to crackdown on the diversion of Prescription Only Medicines (POMs) onto the criminal market and warn people about the dangers of taking POMs.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: "UK police employ a number of forensic services to process a wide range of crime scenes and external services may also assist. In these cases, forensic evidence must be properly and professionally managed in accordance with the standards set by the Forensic Science Regulator. I will be seeking assurances from the Chief Constable that the appointment of administrators by Key Forensic Services will not affect the integrity of any live cases in Sussex.

“Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute recently reported that the UK is the second-largest market for untraceable online sales of Xanax in the world. Following a number of incidents recorded in Sussex over the Christmas and New Year period involving the misuse of Xanax and other prescription drugs, I will be asking Mr York what the scale of this issue is across Sussex and what the force is doing to tackle it.”

Other topics on the agenda at the February PAM include:
• Sussex Police’s disclosures to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following a national review by the CPS after the collapse of several rape trials.
• The main challenges for Sussex Police in tackling Wildlife, Heritage and Environmental Crime
• An update on the Forces participation in Op Sceptre – a national campaign to tackle knife crime and highlight the risks with carrying a knife.

Notes for editors
MEDIA INVITATION: If you would like to stream the meeting on your own news site please contact rosie.gooch@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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