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Sussex Police and Crime Panel

The Police and Crime Panel met on 23 January 2015 to consider the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed precept increase of 1.98% for 2015/16, and a refreshed version of the Police and Crime Plan. The Panel supported the proposed increase, and endorsed the refreshed Plan.

The webcast of the meeting can be viewed here.

Agendas, minutes and reports

For all meetings of the panel held in public you can download agendas, minutes and reports.

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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.

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 them;
  • review the Commissioner’s annual report and make recommendations at a public meeting, which the Commissioner must attend;
  • deal with complaints about the Commissioner;
  • require the Commissioner to attend the Panel to answer questions;
  • veto the Commissioner’s proposed precept by a two-thirds majority;
  • 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 disqualified.

Panel members

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 year.

Adur District Council – David Simmons
Arun District Council – Paul Wotherspoon
Brighton and Hove City Council – Liz Wakefield
Brighton and Hove City Council – Geoffrey Theobald
Chichester District Council – Eileen Lintill
Crawley Borough Council – Chris Oxlade
Eastbourne Borough Council – John Ungar
East Sussex County Council – Bill Bentley
East Sussex County Council – Rosalyn St Pierre

Hastings Borough Council – Andrew Cartwright
Horsham District Council – Sue Rogers
Lewes District Council – Andy Smith
Mid Sussex District Council – Christopher Snowling
Rother District Council – Robin Patten
Wealden District Council – Claire Dowling
Worthing Borough Council – Valerie Turner
West Sussex County Council - Graham Jones
West Sussex County Council – Brad Watson
Independent – Sandra Prail*
Independent – Graham Hill*

*Independent Members of the Panel are required to sign up to West Sussex County Council’s Code of Conduct.

Independent 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. As host authority, West Sussex County Council provides administrative support to the Panel.


Details of how to make a complaint against the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

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: 

  • Friday 24 April 2015 – 10.30am
  • Friday 3 July 2015 – 10.30am
  • Friday 9 October 2015 – 10.30am
  • Friday 22 January 2016 – 10.30am
  • Thursday 18 February 2016 – 10.30am (provisional meeting, if required, to consider the revised precept)
  • Friday 15 April 2016 – 10.30am

These meetings will be open to members of the public and will be webcast.

Written questions

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 pcp@westsussex.gov.uk.

Contact details for the panel

If you have any questions, please contact Ninesh Edwards, Senior Advisor, Democratic Services.

Email Email: pcp@westsussex.gov.uk
Phone Phone: 033 022 22542
Postal address

Room 21
County Hall
West Sussex
PO19 1RQ

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