Structural changes are on the way and challenging times lie ahead, with another £50m to be cut from the Sussex Police budget by 2020, but the emphasis will be on continuity and understanding the issues, chief inspector Howard Hodges, district commander for Horsham, told a well-attended Annual General Meeting of Worthing Neighbourhood Watch on October 21.
Currently, there are six police districts in West Sussex, but these are to re-designated as three “hubs” (with Horsham being merged with Adur and Worthing to form the largest of these), and many processes and resources are being shared.
Although some jobs will be affected following the budget cuts, positives do come from adversity and, in CI Hodges’ opinion, the police have become much more effective and efficient than before.
Meanwhile, partnerships remained very important, including that with Neighbourhood Watch.
The event, which was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing, was sponsored by Civilian ID Ltd, which issues the “proof of age” Civilian Card PASS – a legally valid photo ID card, recognised UK-wide by police, Trading Standards officials, retailers and venue operators.
You can apply for a Civilian Card PASS online at www.civiliancard.com.
The standard application fee is £19.99, but you will be eligible for a £5 discount by entering code NHW500 when prompted.
This offer expires on December 31, 2015, and comes with a money-back guarantee.
Civilian ID Limited is partly funded by West Sussex County Council.
• On Tuesday, November 3, the Salvington Neighbourhood Panel will meet at the New Life Church, Salvington Road, between 7pm and 8pm.
On Wednesday, November 4, the Castle Ward Neighbourhood Panel meets between 7pm and 8pm at St Richard’s Church, Collingwood Road, Goring, with the Goring Neighbourhood Panel meeting at the Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, at the same time.
The Offington Ward Neighbourhood Panel meeting will be at Thomas A Becket Junior School, in Rectory Road, on Thursday, November 5, between 10am and 11am.
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