PCC to question senior officers on the results from Police Federation's Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey

11/03/2019

WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 15 March at 13:00

WHERE: Watch in the archive here: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

Findings published from the Police Federation’s Demand, Capacity and Welfare survey have revealed that almost 90 per cent of Sussex Police officers have said morale within the Force was low and almost four out of five have faced mental wellbeing issues over the last 12 months.

At Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne’s next Performance and Accountability meeting with senior officers, she will be seeking clarification on these results and assurances that the extra resources from the rise in this year’s precept will see an alleviation of some of the strain placed on existing officers and staff.

Commenting ahead of the meeting and on the survey results Mrs Bourne said, “This survey only highlights even further the increasingly difficult job police officers have in keeping us all safe. We are living in an ever-changing landscape of sophisticated digital criminality, organised crime groups and external security threats and often this is the policing response that goes unseen by the public.

 “Nationally, additional resources have been provided to combat some of the pressures placed on our forces – including fraud, cyber crime and terrorism. Sussex Police has already begun recruitment for 250 more police officers and 50 specialist investigators. In March recruitment also begins for the 100 extra PSCOs promised from this year’s rise in precept, offering welcome support to officers in their investigations and directly tackling anti-social behaviour and drug-related crime in our communities.

 “I know that the Force have, in recent years, introduced a significant number of schemes and support mechanisms so officers and staff get the help they need but still more could be done.

“I am seeking assurances that appropriate investment will be made in what they need to support them in their role. After all, these are men and women who put themselves in dangerous and sometimes life threatening situations that many of us would run away from.”

Other topics under discussion include:

  • Reassurance to Sussex communities – London and Manchester knife attacks
  • Serious and organised crime
  • Acquisitive crime
  • HMICFRS – police response to domestic abuse
  • Information management – freedom of information and vetting standards

THE NEXT PAM IS ON FRIDAY, 12 APRIL 2019 AT 13:00.

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