Consultation goes live for Sussex Police Precept

Residents can now take part in Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne's consultation for the Sussex Police Precept 2017/2018. This proposes to increase the police element of council tax rise by around £5 per household to fund over 100 new police officers and specialist staff.

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"We need the right people, with the right skills in the right place to protect you and fight crime,” said Sussex PCC Katy Bourne.

"That's why I want to invest in 100 new officers and staff in specialist teams to strengthen local policing and keep our communities safe.”

"I am responsible for setting the policing element of council tax in Sussex. I would like to ask households if they would be prepared to pay – on average - an additional £5.00 which would create an extra £3m for policing each year. When that is added to the £2m savings already identified, it allows Sussex Police to invest in over 100 police officers and specialist staff in the following areas.”

  • Community Priority Crime Teams: to investigate local crime problems, dismantle organised gangs and remove repeat offenders and provide a reassuring community presence.
  • Expert Youth Teams: to target and support those younger people most at risk of committing crimes or becoming a victim of crime.
  • Specialist Firearms Officers: for counter terrorism deterrence and response.
  • Public Protection Investigators: to provide appropriate response and more capacity to deal with the increased reports of sexual offences and child protection cases.

"Sussex Police is modernising its services to meet the local policing and security needs of the 21st century. This new way of working has been acknowledged as ambitious and positive by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. "

"Whilst that transformation is under way across all areas of policing and will take time, I want to make sure Sussex residents can see local policing being strengthened now."

The consultation, which began on the website this week and will include public engagements across Sussex, closes in January 2017. The PCC will then present her recommendations on whether to propose a rise in the precept to the Police and Crime Panel in January.

Simon Ellery - Sussex Police


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Sussex Police continues to recruit to its new-formed ‘Sussex Police People’s Voice’; a group who represent people’s views in Sussex.

You can be part of this important group which give their views and opinions on policing by taking part in anonymous electronic surveys up to four times a year. This is an extra way we will collect feedback as well as continuing to use our telephone, postal and face to face consultations. For example, we would like to hear about people’s experiences as victims of crime.

We are appealing to those from a range of backgrounds to take part in this new initiative as it’s vital we have voices which reflects the diversity of the county we serve. The group is the first of its kind in the force and has been created at a time when we are undergoing significant change. Getting involved is an opportunity for people to help shape the future of the force. Members will give feedback on subjects ranging from visibility of the police in their communities, to their opinions around how well we are doing and concerns around policing in their local areas.

A summary of results of every survey will be published on our website, available first to group members, along with the detail of how the results will influence our plans and priorities. The first survey is due to be sent out to all members this week.

In the past Sussex Police has used feedback through surveys to identify priorities within communities, understand the impact on victims of anti-social behaviour and improve the experience that people have when they report crime and incidents to the force. To be one of the voices in the group all your need to do is spend around 20 minutes completing an anonymous online survey up to four times a year. If you can spare a small amount of your time each year and want to make a difference then join up through our website.


                      Mid Sussex car parks retain Park Mark Awards
Local people and visitors can feel safe and secure parking in Mid Sussex after seventeen Council run car parks retained the prestigious Police ‘Park Mark’ award for crime prevention and safety.
The British Parking Association, on behalf of Sussex Police, recently assessed the award-winning car parks. All 17 of the car parks have been recognised as examples of excellent parking design and will proudly display the Park Mark sign of quality for the next 12 months.
Park Mark car parks have clear directional signage and use traffic flow techniques like one-way circulation so drivers are not confused about which way to go. Pedestrian access and exit points are clearly indicated and painted paths highlight the safest places to walk.
Park Mark car parks have lower levels of crime and reduce the fear of crime because they have measures in place to deter offenders, such as perimeter fencing, surveillance and bright lighting. They are also clean and well-kept to reassure drivers they are in a safer environment. Litter and graffiti are quickly removed in order to deter further vandalism and criminal damage.
“Mid Sussex is already a low crime area but we’re committed to doing everything we can to deter crime and make residents feel safe,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery. “Park Mark car parks offer a safe and welcoming environment for local drivers and visitors to the area and I’m delighted that 17 of our car parks have met the standard again this year.”
The ‘Park Mark’ is part of the UK Police flagship initiative ‘Secured by Design’ that promotes crime reduction through effective design and security standards in public buildings, roadways, footpaths and car parks as well as private houses.
For more information please contact Martin Faulconbridge on 01444 477478 or
The 17 Mid Sussex District Council operated car parks to achieve the Park Mark award are:
Church Road, Burgess Hill
Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill
Queens Crescent, Burgess Hill
Station Road, Burgess Hill
Broad Street, Cuckfield
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead
Christopher Road, East Grinstead
King Street, East Grinstead
Norton House, East Grinstead
Queensway, East Grinstead
Railway Approach, East Grinstead
Vicarage Road, East Grinstead
Orion, Hassocks
Hazelgrove, Haywards Heath
Muster Green, Haywards Heath
Orchards, Haywards Heath
Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint