Sussex Police have reiterated that they will prioritise crimes that cause the greatest harm to victims and the community, but they should not be “used as the service of last resort.”
Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney is responsible for the work which will ensure Sussex communities receive the policing service they need within a significantly reduced budget.
She’s been telling the public how Sussex Police will be redesigned for the future.
Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said:
The model for the future will help Sussex Police adapt to meet the changing issues of modern policing.
It gives us the opportunity to explore new ways of working so that it can deliver policing more efficiently, reduce cost, engage with the public in the best way and continue to support and promote partnership working wherever possible.
Sussex Police will deliver the objectives of Sussex Police and the Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan, and the core policing mission to prevent and detect crime, keep the peace and respond to emergencies. They will also deliver all statutory and College of Policing mandated activities.
The design phase aims to be completed in the new year and will be implemented over the next four years.
The Police and Crime Plan and the current Operational Delivery Plan can be viewed on the PCC’s website: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk.
DCC Pinkney added:
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. An example of where this works is our successful street triage scheme which pairs nurses with police in dealing with emergency responses to those with mental health issues and diverting them from police custody. It is this kind of thinking we need to apply in different areas of our business.
Our plans also include transforming the way we interact with our communities. We recognise that the way people want to make contact with organisations has changed considerably and in Sussex many people now choose to visit our website for information, report crime online and be updated via text, email or social media.
Sussex Police as an emergency service will look and feel very different in the future as we embrace the necessary changes to support our communities.
At the start of this month, the District Commander for Wealden was asking local people to complete a survey saying what the local neighbourhood policing priorities should be for Crowborough.