The county’s police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said: “All police forces have to move into the 21st century, which involves embracing technology and multi-agency working, and a wider police family.
“Part of my role is also to reassure the public that the way their police services will be delivered in Sussex will reflect best practice nationally.
“Taking a piecemeal approach to cost savings just means trying to do the same thing in the same way with less leading to poor morale and increasingly poorer services, so I am delighted to see the transformational ambition being expressed by Sussex Police in meeting savings of £55m over the next five years.
“I applaud the Chief Constable for having the courage and ambition to look at what works well and what doesn’t and articulating what isn’t the responsibility of the police at all.
“That means better use of intelligence and more accurate prediction of demand, and quickly diagnosing where other partners are better placed to intervene.
“In some cases that could mean encouraging Sussex residents to make better use of existing low cost information channels for reporting crimes and concerns.
“It will definitely mean prioritising resources where they will have the most impact and continuing to share estates and information with other organisations to reduce costs.”
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