Sussex PCC to question Chief Constable about latest HMIC inspection results


Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will be questioning the Chief Constable about Sussex Police’s disappointing performance in a recent HMIC report which saw some areas, previously classed as ‘good’, assessed as ‘requires improvement’.  She will also be scrutinising the latest 101 non-emergency call performance.

These are just some of the areas that PCC Katy Bourne will challenge the Chief Constable Giles York about at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).

WHEN: Friday 24 March, 9am

WHERE: Watch live online or catch up in the archive:

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Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said: “Many of HMIC’s findings gave me cause for concern and it is particularly disappointing that several areas, previously assessed as ‘good’, now ‘require improvement’.

“The support of victims is paramount and this is why I will be asking particular questions about concerns raised by the report regarding the Force’s capacity to protect vulnerable victims. I will be seeking reassurance that all police staff handling phone calls are able to assess conversations with vulnerable victims appropriately, and that recommendations made within the report are being acted upon.

“I have been pleased to note that 101 non-emergency call answering times improved October – January, however there has been a drop in performance in February.  As a result, I will be asking the Chief Constable for an update on performance and querying how the measurement of call handling performance is being reviewed.”

Other topics under discussion include recent changes to the penalty for drivers caught using their mobile phones and the police response following Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

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