TIM DREW: Neighbourhood policing remains crucial as Sussex Police aims to maximise flexibility

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

Sussex Police in Worthing and Adur will have to embark on a comprehensive review in the face of the next round of cuts, with flexibility being key to operational efficiency – but neighbourhood policing remains crucial and the PCSOs will remain embedded in the community.

Addressing the Worthing Neighbourhood Watch AGM at Centenary House, CI Will Rolls, who is acting District Commander for Worthing and Adur, outlined the plan for the police to “hub” together in larger teams, to maximise flexibility and improve response time, irrespective of geographical boundaries.

The “Target Operating Model”, which is currently in its early stages, is aimed at creating further synergies by creating a unified organisation with Surrey Police.

The need to work with the community will be more important than ever and the police will uphold the Service Level Agreement with Neighbourhood Watch; a new “Partnership Sergeant” role will be created to this end.

Other speakers included Jim Stobart of “Operation Crackdown” and Anne Beamish of Worthing Trading Standards.

Jim Stobart stressed the need to provide as much information as possible when reporting anti-social or inconsiderate driving.

Any incidents should be reported within ten working days.

Anne Beamish also emphasised the importance of providing good information as enabling Trading Standards to fulfil its role as effectively as possible.

• The Durrington & Northbrook Ward Neighbourhood Panel will meet between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, at the Durrington Community Centre, Tesco Complex, New Road, on Monday, July 6.

PCSO Sally Haggis will be available for a chat between 11am and 11.30am outside Gala Bingo, Plaza Parade, Rowlands Road, on Tuesday, July 7, and PCSOs Dan Cobden and Gary Morgan will host their surgery between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at the Durrington Community Centre on Wednesday, July 8.

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