TIM DREW: Resolution Centre already proving very beneficial

Tim Drew

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A blueprint for local policing in 2020, with the emphasis on focused and cost-effective use of resources, was the theme of District Commander Howard Hodges’ address at the Central Ward Neighbourhood Panel meeting last Thursday (November 24).

Many costs had increased recently with the need to counter terrorism and increase firearms capability, and those of public protection (especially in respect of children) had increased massively both at local and force level.

The cost of investigations was “astronomical”, so these will have to be carried out according to the level of threat and risk involved using the Police Investigations Framework model.

The police had responded with an overhaul of its estates, with 106 buildings held no longer fit for purpose being sold off and personnel moving into modern workplaces which will be shared with other agencies with whom they work in partnership. The number of sergeants had also been reduced. Sussex Police will still need to save another £35million by 2020.

The introduction of the Resolution Centre at Sussex Police HQ at Lewes had already proved very beneficial, with satisfaction levels of 90 per cent, so the police are effectively managing expectations. The centre is staffed by police officers and civilians who investigate reports before passing them on to the relevant teams.

The complement of PCSOs is now up to 20, with one more joining after Christmas and, while most of them will be based in Adur and Worthing (the others being based in Horsham) they will work where they are most needed, and their powers will be enhanced.

The police will be well-represented in Worthing town centre in the run-up to Christmas under Operation Tinsel, which is aimed at deterring shoplifting.

There are a number of known prolific shoplifters and they will be targeted.

Neighbourhood Watch will be participating in the Drink-Drive Awareness event in the town centre tomorrow (December 3).

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