Last updated:
2 February 2017

Sussex Police and Crime Panel

Sussex PCP information, such as meeting dates and minutes, and how to complain about Sussex Police or the Crime Commissioner.

1 What the Sussex PCP does

A Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex was elected on 5 May 2016. The Commissioner is accountable to the electorate for how crime is tackled in their area. The website for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner contains further details about the Commissioner's role and work.

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.

The Panel came into being on 1 November 2012 and meets a minimum of 4 times a year.

Its role includes powers to:

  • review the draft Police and Crime Plan and make recommendations to the Commissioner, who must consider 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
  • appoint an acting Commissioner where the incumbent Commissioner is incapacitated, resigns or is disqualified
  • under the terms of its Home Office grant, the Panel is required to publish details of its expenditure - for 2015/16, these can be found below.

  • Alert me -  Sign up to receive Sussex Police and Crime Panel email alerts

Supporting documents

3 Meeting dates and locations

Forthcoming meeting dates are:

  • Friday 20 January 2017
  • Monday 20 February 2017 (reserve date, in the event of a precept veto on 20 January - likely to be cancelled if no veto)
  • Friday 7 April 2017
  • Friday 30 June 2017
  • Friday 6 October 2017
  • Friday 19 January 2018

Start time - 10.30am (unless otherwise stated)
Location - Council Chamber, County Hall, Lewes (unless otherwise stated)

These meetings are open to the public.

View webcasts of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel meetings (external link)

4 Get involved

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 relate to the role and responsibilities of the Commissioner, and accordingly be strategic in nature.

Operational issues are the responsibility of the Chief Constable. In the event a written question concerns an operational issue, a summary of the question will be published as above. The Commissioner will work with the Chief Constable to facilitate a response. The full question and full response will be published on our website, following the meeting.

Questions should be submitted using the contact details for the Panel.

5 Panel members

In Sussex, the members of the Panel are drawn from each of the 15 local authorities within the region. At least 2 independent members also sit on the Panel.

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

Supporting documents

6 Contact details

7 Complaints

The Sussex Police and Crime Panel has a duty to receive and initially consider complaints against the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, where the Commissioner has chosen to appoint one.

Complaints can be submitted either by email or post. An officer of West Sussex County Council will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your complaint and inform you of how it is planned to take it forward.

By law, the Panel has no role in complaints about operational policing matters. If you have a complaint about a police office or a member of police staff, the Sussex Police website explains how the matter can be taken forward.

Similarly, responsibility for complaints against the Chief Constable of Sussex Police lies with Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. If you have a complaint against the Chief Constable, please refer to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

In respect of complaints, the Chairman may have cause to write to Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, seeking their view on issues raised by complainants. Such correspondence will be published within the document below.

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