Under the spotlight: recent murder and serious violence reports in Sussex


WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 24th January 13:00

WHERE: Watch live or in the archive here

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

Sussex Police have stepped up patrols across the county to reassure and protect the public after a recent spate of violent incidents that led to the launch of several murder inquiries.

Senior Officers have already offered reassurance stating that to have so many serious incidents over a short space of time is ‘unusual’ and that the reports were not linked.

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will now be seeking further assurances from Chief Constable Giles York that Sussex Police are proactively building public confidence and keeping residents as informed as possible about crime in their area.

Last month, the Force launched a Tactical Enforcement Unit dedicated to capturing some of the most wanted and prolific offenders in Sussex. An update will be given at this meeting of the successes of this team so far and the reason for its formation.

Mrs Bourne comments: “The recent unprecedented spike in reports of violent crime has come as a shock to us all and Sussex Police have put measures in place to ensure thorough investigations in these cases and extra safeguarding for the communities affected.

“However, Sussex is still statistically a very safe place to live and I want to provide our residents with a strong reassurance of this from senior officers.

"The public have been calling for increased visibility and more preventative action and I’m pleased that the recent increase in Government funding, that we’ve all lobbied hard for, is making this possible.

“Our most dangerous criminals are now being more proactively and robustly targeted and I want residents to know exactly how many have been caught so far and the consequences they have faced.”

Other topics under discussion include:
• Operation Dragonfly – Christmas drink-and-drug drive campaign 2019 – results
• HMICFRS – Policing and Mental Health: Picking Up The Pieces – revisited
• Policing Precept Investment 2019/20
• Children in Custody
• Hate Crime

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

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