On a number of occasions I have met and continue to meet with the Chairs of the other Community Safety Partnerships and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, to discuss the developments in policing and partnership approaches to deal with community safety issues across Adur specifically and West Sussex in general.
Clearly the force has a lot of financial pressure, and has to save £57 million from their overall budget of £250 million over the next few years. This has an impact on policing and it is important for the Safer Community Partnership to help by tackling those issues that we are able to. Prevention is one area where we can assist, and working with other partners, we do our best to help support the community wherever possible.
Sussex Police are developing and changing their response to calls in dealing with issues more effectively at an earlier stage where the attendance of an officer is not necessary. One issue is the response and attendance of police to burglaries and despite the national clamour to the contrary, PCC Katy Bourne assured me that Sussex will continue to attend. Councillor Dave Simmons
In order to save money and also better co-ordinate action to tackle community safety across Adur and Worthing, the two community safety partnerships work together. Councillor David Simmons Chairs the joint meeting
In addition, he also Chaired the Safer West Sussex Partnership for three years which previously met to agree county wide priorities, and link to other partners such as the newly modified Probation Service, Sussex Police and the Fire and Rescue Service and the Police Commissioner. However, since leaving that post, the meetings of the West Sussex Partnership have become few in number, leaving Councillor Simmons to arrange meetings of Chairs of other CSPs to consider the wider priorities around safer communities.
Councillor Simmons also attends Joint Action Groups (JAGs) and Local Action Teams (LATs) who deal with specific local problems. For more information or to raise any issues around 'Safer Communities' please contact Councillor Simmons using the contact form on this web-site.
Following the reorganisation of Sussex Police, the Neighbourhood Policing Team in the Adur area now covers Horsham, Adur and Worthing. This change will inevitably put a strain on police resources and it remains to be seen what service delivery will be affected as tings move forward. The NPT will operate as a team across the three areas, being deployed where the need is greatest within the categories of 'threat, harm and risk' as determined by the new policing model.
In tandem, the role of the Police Community Support Officer has been reviewed, and this also lead to some changes, including increased powers which will empower them to take on additional responsibility in local policing.
We are fortunate to be living in one of the lowest crime areas in the UK, but this doesn't happen by chance. We work hard at keeping crime low and we can't be complacent. We all need to consider where we can add value to societal issues that emanate from police withdrawel and be prepared to assist wherever and whenever possible.
Councillor David Simmons
42 Greenways Crescent
Tel: 01273 464018 (home)
Mobile: 0772 505 4389
Executive Member for Finance and Deputy Leader at Adur District Council
Councillor Angus Dunn
86, Church Green
Tel.: 01273 870067
Mobile: 07760 486552