TIM DREW: Next police and crime plan due early next year

Some weeks ago I covered a meeting of the Central Ward Neighbourhood Panel which focused on the problems of street drinking and drug dealing, and at which the police and crime commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne was present.

Saturday, 30th July 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:13 pm
Tim Drew

Although the office of PCC has been in existence since November 2012, there still remain those who are not altogether aware as to its description, which this article seeks to summarise as follows.

PCCs, in consultation with the chief constables (who are accountable to them) and the people of their county, are required to issue a Police and Crime Plan setting out the strategic objectives for their term of office.

The existing plan for Sussex covers the period from 2013 to 2017 but is reviewed and refreshed periodically to ensure it continues to reflect local and national priorities accurately.

The next draft plan will be presented at a meeting, on January 20, 2017, of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel, which is made up of representatives from all of the local authorities in the policing area (county, unitary, district and borough) and to which the PCC is responsible, as well as (ultimately) to the electorate.

The PCC’s priorities are driven by the issues that local people and business say are important to them.

The PCC and her office will work with partners and Sussex Police to address the policy priorities and local objectives set out in the plan.

The PCC also provides financial support (grant awards up to £5,000) to local organisations and projects that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety and to voluntary and third-sector organisations in Sussex that help individuals to cope and recover from the impact of crime (grant awards up to £10,000).

One of the recent beneficiaries has been the Cascade Creative Recovery Project in Brighton which is run by, and for, people with experience of active recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.


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