Sussex PCC welcomes Policing Grant Settlement

22/01/2020

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne has welcomed the biggest funding boost for policing in a decade after the Government announced a £1.1billion increase today.

“The overall amount of funding available for policing could be as much as £15.2bn” said Mrs Bourne, “if all PCCs take advantage of the £10 precept flexibility set out today. We need to focus on bringing crime down so this settlement means that PCCs can invest more into policing to tackle crime and keeping our communities safe.”

“The Government quite clearly remains committed to its pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 officers - with funding for 6,000 officers by March next year included in this year’s grant.”

“I am also delighted to see £150 million for the fight against organised crime and a £39m fund to address serious violence and the scourge of county lines.”

“Residents continue to tell me they support paying more to strengthen local policing and for tougher enforcement against criminals. People also tell us they support our successful programme to divert young people from violence and anti-social behaviour. The extra funding announced today will really bolster the work already under way.”

“Thanks to increased levels of precept contributions, Sussex Police will have 100 extra PCSOs by March this year and 50 more specialist staff. It is also on target to recruit 250 additional police officers by 2023.”

“Now we know how much funding Sussex Police is getting from Government, we know how much I need to ask for in the precept from households in the county.”

“I am launching a snap survey on a proposed increase of 20 pence a week, which equates to an extra £10 a year, per household. This is a chance for residents to add their voice to the views I have already collected over the past year.”

The poll will go live tomorrow and will close at midday on 30th January.

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