As your elected Police and Crime Commissioner, one of my responsibilities is to set the budget for policing in Sussex and ensure that, what local people tell me matters most to them, is reflected in the delivery of policing.
The public tell me that they want to see their financial contributions fund more visible, local policing. They rightly want to feel safe at home, in public spaces, at night time and on the roads. They also expect their police force to be easily contactable when they need to reach them.
I am delighted to announce that Sussex Police has re-opened officer recruitment which I’m sure, is very welcome news to people across our county.
Sussex Police is aiming to attract 200 police officers each year for the next four years and I am pleased that this has been made possible by the public’s support to pay more for local policing.
The majority of Sussex residents who responded to my precept consultation said they were prepared to pay more and I want to see their contributions going into visible and effective local policing.
I have always maintained that protecting neighbourhood policing is a top priority because it matters so much to local people. It’s about keeping the community in policing and the police in the community, providing a reassuring police presence.
The additional funding that the rise in the police precept gives us also means the force has to save less money over the coming years so we can protect 476 police posts that would otherwise have been lost.
As your PCC I will continue to listen to your concerns and ensure you can see the difference that your contributions to policing will make.
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