Police to save £55 million in five years

ADUR and Worthing’s top police chief is working on a project to save the force £55 million over the next five years, it has emerged.

The area is under the watch of an acting chief inspector while district commander Jo Banks works on the major Sussex Police project.

How the savings will be made is unclear but Northbrook county councillor Robin Rogers, who spoke with chief insp Banks recently, is concerned over the potential impact on front-line policing.

He said: “I am very concerned that with all the cuts and increasing housing, we will have fewer and fewer police around.

“When I heard about the savings, I was a bit taken aback.”

The police will deliver the objectives of police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne’s Police and Crime Plan, while exploring new ways of working to make the savings.

Deputy chief constable Olivia Pinkney said: “We will make decisions on which services to prioritise, and to whom they will be delivered, based on the level of threat, risk and harm.

“We will continue to prioritise crimes that cause the greatest harm to victims and the community.

“Often, the police are used as the service of last resort – the simple fact is that we should not respond to issues which would be more effectively dealt with by other providers or by working in partnership.”

Chichester inspector Will Rolls has taken the acting chief inspector role and will remain in place until chief inspector Banks’s return.