PCC response to HMIC Effectiveness report
Responding to today’s Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) Effectiveness report into Sussex Police, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
“Many of HMIC’s findings give me cause for concern and it is extremely disappointing that areas previously assessed as ‘good’ now require improvement.
“I shared HMIC’s view that domestic abuse risk assessments should not be handled over the phone but I am satisfied that the force is working to change this. I will be commissioning a regular independent audit to ensure that the police and all partner agencies properly assess risk to some of our most vulnerable people.
“While I recognize the need to modernise neighbourhood policing and the ambition of the Local Policing Programme, I agree with HMIC that Sussex Police still need to better explain and demonstrate how the new model will continue to support local communities.
“Large organisations can take a long time to change and transformation requires clear objectives and consistent performance management to stay on track. In trying very hard to manage demand on police services, Sussex has in some cases overlooked potential victims and poorly-served others.
“I know that hardworking frontline staff and officers in Sussex police will be as disappointed as I am in three of the four ratings in this HMIC report, and I expect to see an immediate and renewed focus from the leadership team to deliver the level of service the public and victims rightly expect.”