Cost of police under scrutiny

Cost of police under scrutiny


The Sussex Police and Crime Panel scrutinises the cost of policing at its next meeting on Friday  January 24th. 

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, will detail the force’s budget for the next financial year and the proposed precept that residents will pay.

The Commissioner has held a consultation on a possible 3.6 per-cent increase meaning an extra £4.95 a year for the average Band D taxpayer. 

The Panel meets at County Hall, Lewes at 10.30 am and the meeting is open to the public and will also be webcast.

West Sussex County Councillor Brad Watson OBE, who chairs the Panel, said: “The Panel is responsible for reviewing the Commissioner’s proposed precept and making reports and recommendations. If the Panel do not accept the proposed precept it has a power of veto.

“In the event of a veto the Commissioner must produce a revised precept by 15 February. A provisional meeting date of Friday 21 February has been arranged for the Panel to meet to consider a revised precept and make reports to the Commissioner. However, the Panel does not have the power of veto over the revised precept.”

The Commissioner will also report on the arrangements she is making to find a successor to Chief Constable Martin Richards, who recently announced his retirement in March after six years in the post, and a 32-year career in the police.

Brad said: “The proposed appointment will need to be confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel at the appropriate time.”

The Commissioner is also due to present an updated version of the Police and Crime Plan for 2014-2017.

The webcast of the meeting can be found from 10.30 am on January 24th on the East Sussex County Council Webcasts website.