Sussex Police and Crime Panel
The next meeting of the Police and Crime Panel will be the held
on Friday 24 January 2014 at 10.30am (this meeting
will be webcast and a link will be live on this site nearer to the
The previous meeting of the PCP is available below.
At its 11 October meeting, the Panel considered a report by the
Commissioner, outlining three options for the Sussex Police
precept, two of which were for an increase from the current level,
which has remained at its present level for four years.
The Panel recommended that the Commissioner consider all other
avenues for saving money before deciding to increase the
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What is the Sussex Police and Crime Panel?
A Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex was elected on 15
November 2012. The Commissioner is accountable to the electorate
for how crime is tackled in their area. The website for the
Sussex Police and Crime
Commissioner contains further details regarding the role and
work of the Commissioner.
Each police force area also has a Police and Crime Panel, to
provide checks and balances in relation to the performance of the
Commissioner. Its role is to scrutinise the performance of the
Commissioner and to ensure transparency.
Members of the public can submit written
questions (directed either to the Police and Crime Commissioner, or
the Police and Crime Panel itself) up to 2 weeks in advance of
a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel. A written response will be
provided by noon on the working day before the day of the meeting,
and circulated to the panel members and the questioner. Panel
members will be able to ask follow-up questions at the meeting.
Questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What the Sussex Police and Crime Panel does
The panel’s role includes powers to:
- review the draft Police and Crime Plan and
make recommendations to the Commissioner, who must have regard to
- review the Commissioner’s annual report and
make recommendations at a public meeting, which the Commissioner
- deal with complaints about the
- require the Commissioner to attend the Panel
to answer questions;
- veto the Commissioner’s proposed precept by a
- veto by a two-third’s majority the
Commissioner’s proposed candidate for Chief Constable; and
- appoint an acting Commissioner where the
incumbent Commissioner is incapacitated, resigns or is
In Sussex, the members of the Panel are drawn
from each of the 15 local authorities within the region. At least
two independent members also sit on the Panel. The Panel came into
being on 1 November 2012, and will meet a minimum of 4 times a
Adur District Council –
Arun District Council – Paul
Brighton and Hove City Council – Liz
Brighton and Hove City Council – Warren
Chichester District Council – Eileen
Crawley Borough Council – Nigel
Eastbourne Borough Council – John
East Sussex County Council –
East Sussex County Council –
Rosalyn St Pierre
Hastings Borough Council – Godfrey
Horsham District Council – Sue
Lewes District Council – Andy
Mid Sussex District Council –
Rother District Council – Robin
Wealden District Council – Claire
Worthing Borough Council –
West Sussex County Council -
Dr James Walsh
West Sussex County Council –
Independent – Sandra
Independent – Graham
*Independent Members of the Panel are required
to sign up to West Sussex County Council’s Code of
Members’ Register of Interests. If you wish to contact one
of the Independent Members please send a message to Ninesh Edwards,
contact details below.
Meeting agendas and minutes, and any reports produced by the Panel
will be published on this web page. West Sussex County Council has
agreed to act as the Police and Crime Panel’s lead authority, and
will provide administrative support to the Panel, until at least
Details of how to make a complaint
against the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and the Deputy
Police and Crime Commissioner.
Agendas, minutes and reports
For all meetings of the panel held in public you can download
agendas, minutes and reports.
Dates of panel meetings
It has been agreed that formal meetings of the panel will be
held at the Council
Chamber, County Hall, Lewes.
Forthcoming meeting dates are:
- 11 October 2013 - 10.30am
- 24 January 2014 - 10.30am
These meetings will be open to members of the public and will be
Contact details for the panel
If you have any questions, please contact
Ninesh Edwards, Senior Advisor, Democratic Services.
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