Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Sussex Police boosted by extra Government funding

Sussex Police are set to get extra money in the next financial year, which begins in April.

They will also benefit from what is known as an Early Intervention Youth Fund aimed at steering youngsters away from crime.

The biggest financial boost has come with the Government (provisional) grant to police forces for 2019/2020.

Extra £22m

Wealden MP, Nus Ghani, said Sussex Police could receive an extra £22m.

Wealden MP Nus Ghani

Wealden MP Nus Ghani

She said the provisional funding settlement included an increase in funding would allow more money to be spent locally and enhancing the response to serious and organised crime.

Ms Ghani said: “My constituents regularly contact me about policing across Wealden, and I am delighted that this will mean Sussex Police can continue to provide a tangible, visible presence in Hailsham, Crowborough, Uckfield and the surrounding villages.

Online scams

“I recently ran a survey including questions about online scams, and what is clear is that crime in 2018 is ever-changing.

“The additional funding will also help Sussex Police tackle online crime, including scams, which all too often hit our most vulnerable residents the hardest.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime and Commissioner (PCC), said the increases in the core grant and funding flexibility for PCCs was as a result of the intense lobbying.

More officers

She said: “I want people in our county to feel safe and see more officers and this unprecedented funding news will help us recruit substantial numbers of PCSOs and police officers, as well as improving public contact including 101.

“Feedback from the public shows a clear appetite for more visible policing and a willingness to pay more if they can see where their money is going, and the Chief Constable and I are committed to ensuring that Sussex residents will see and feel the benefit of any extra funding raised locally._

Home Office – Early Intervention Youth Fund

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner received £890,616 to help steer local young people away from crime and inject some positive youth projects back into our communities, through the Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund.

This fund will help bolster and develop programmes that provide effective and positive early intervention.

It will go towards supporting voluntary and charitable agencies, who will work with schools, health and police to engage with under-18s at risk of committing serious violence, and those who have already come to the attention of police.

*The finance boost comes after news before Christmas that 70 new Sussex Police officers were completing their training and getting ready to go on patrol. It was the largest intake of new officers in ten years. See story here

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