The Police Crime Commissioner Role

I  know that to be the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner will be a challenging full time commitment for the elected individual, particularly with decisions already made to cut the budget by some 20% in years to 2015, involving reductions of some 1050 people.  Had I been elected, I would have recognised the stated values of Sussex Police ; my pledges included, to:

  • Represent the Public interest in holding the Chief Constable to account for effective delivery of neighbourhood policing and community safety.
  • Engender trust in everything that I do by acting with integrity and transparency.
  • Tackle ASB and the linkage to the misuse of drugs and alcohol: identify; arrest/charge; ensure criminal justice system deals.
  • Establish contact points, exploiting existing crime partnerships, across Sussex to enable visibility and dialogue for the public to decide the policing priorities.
  • Scrutinise the Home Secretary’s Strategic Police Requirement to ensure balance with local commitments.
  • Examine the scope for the local integration of infrastructure for all Emergency Services.
  • Take a holistic view of all the partnerships  involved with crime and safety to ensure coordinated delivery of measures for crime prevention through to probation.
  • Seek effective collaboration with the new NCAHMIC  the new policing professional body  and the Police IT Company.
  • Ensure that Sussex collaborates effectively in the handling of any wide-scale civil emergencies.
  • Drive forward summary justice,  restorative justice and effective community service schemes across Sussex.
  • Explore the greater use of payment by results schemes to cut reoffending.
  • Lead the commissioning of support services for victims of crime and drug intervention programmes.
  • Improve the handling of  hate crime, domestic violence and stalking.
  • Consult young people, including those in the criminal justice system, when developing my police and crime plan.
  • Ensure that Sussex Police achieves value for money, putting Frontline policing first in all financial planning.
  • Recruit more Special Constables. 
  • Exploit all available technology for more innovative policing.
  • Be prepared to swear an oath of office (to operate without fear or favour) for all communities from Rye to Chichester, Brighton to Crawley/Gatwick  and all the rural areas in between.

Anthony Kimber