Tune in to see the PCC question the Chief Constable about the tactic of naming and shaming drink-drivers and the impact of unauthorised encampments on police resources


Katy BourneThis month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Friday 25 July between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and Deputy Chief Constable, Olivia Pinkney. The meeting is webcast live from 1-3pm.

Items on the agenda for Friday’s meeting include: Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s summer drink-driving campaign and the impact of naming drivers who have been charged with drink-driving; Operation Kite, Sussex Police’s response to child sexual exploitation, what the impact is in Sussex and what steps are being taken to raise awareness; issues around unauthorised encampments, the powers that the police have and the impact on their resources and budgets; how Sussex Police is dealing with absconders from Ford open prison.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “I am still dismayed by the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Operation Dragonfly follows on from the Christmas Drink-Driving Campaign, which for the first time saw Sussex Police publically name drivers charged for being over the limit. I know that very few people will have sympathy for those who kill or seriously injure when under the influence of drink or drugs. Therefore, I am keen to find out if the naming and shaming tactic that Sussex Police has adopted is actually working.

“Earlier this year I raised the precept in order to fund investment in reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child sexual exploitation. In May Sussex Police launched Operation Kite, the aim of which is to work closely with partner agencies to encourage more reporting. I am keen to find out on behalf of Sussex residents what the impact is of child sexual exploitation in Sussex and if there have been any operational successes as a direct result of Operation Kite.

“I am very aware of the issues surrounding unauthorised encampments and the disruption they cause to local residents. Many communities across the county are affected at some point during the year and their concerns form a significant part of the correspondence to my office. I think it is important that Sussex Police explain what specific powers they have, how the responsibility is shared with local authorities and what the impact is on police resources, budgets and planning.”

“Please view the PAM live online at http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/ and/or follow the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny. A recording will be available to view online shortly after the meeting.”