Sussex Police has revealed its initial thinking for policing in the County for the coming five years.
Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, who is leading the change, 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.
“In 2020, Sussex Police will protect its communities, prioritising those who are most vulnerable to harm, and being relentless in the pursuit of criminals. We will operate efficiently to a reduced budget; being a modern, trusted workforce with integrity at our core. The absence of crime and disorder, together with strong community relations, will be our measure of success.”
Sussex Police will deliver the objectives of the Sussex Police and 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.
DCC 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. 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.”
The design phase aims to be completed in the new year and will be implemented over the next four years.