Sussex performance against the priorities, objectives and measures set out in the Police & Crime Plan are summarised below and are accurate as at 31 March 2017 (unless otherwise stated). Performance data will be updated as soon as is practicable every quarter.
1. Strengthen local policing
Increase the reporting of "hidden" and under-reported crimes.
Previous performance (April 2016 - March 2017)
Current performance (April 2017 - March 2018)
|Domestic abuse crimes||12,293||14,639||+19%|
|Serious sexual offences||2,685||3,262||+21%|
|Anti-social behaviour crimes||24,932||26,588||+7%|
|Fraud & forgery||504||513||+2%|
2. Work with communities and partners to keep Sussex safe
Encourage and support local communities to prevent crime and disorder.
|April 2017 - March 2018||
Number of projects
Total amount of funding (£)
|Safer in Sussex community projects||37||£145,287.47|
Work with partners to reduce offending and reoffending.
|April 2017 - March 2018||
Total number of victims provided with information
Total number of offenders provided with information
3. Protect our vulnerable and help victims cope and recover from crime and abuse
Enhance our understanding and meet the needs of victims in Sussex.
Percentage with positive outcome - Average taken across victim services in Sussex (January - March 2018)
|Hope for the future||46%|
|Receiving effective services||81%|
4. Improving access to justice for victims and witnesses
Maximise the use of technology to improve access to justice for all.
In September 2017 the Home Office announced that £11m had been granted to the Video Enabled Justice (VEJ) initiative led by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner. Our London and South East VEJ Programme is a joint effort across criminal justice partners in London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent to roll-out video technology to a wider range of participants within the Criminal Justice System. The project will create a regional model to accelerate criminal justice reform and inform a national model that delivers the Government’s approach to fairer, faster justice. The pilot will launch in Kent in May 2018.
During 2017, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner funded a multi-agency initiative to convert a premises in West Sussex into a live link suite for vulnerable witnesses. The suite was officially opened in September 2017 and a number of vulnerable witnesses have now given evidence from this facility, which is one of only a handful across the UK.
Installation of live links into Police premises across Sussex has enabled officers to present their evidence via video to Magistrate Courts saving a considerable amount of time. The use of live links to give evidence in Sussex saved 2,560 officer hours in 2017.