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 ensure transparency.
The Panel came into being on 1 November 2012 and meets a minimum of four 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 also required to publish details of its expenditure - the latest set of figures can be found below.
2 Annual meeting
Members of the public can attend the annual meeting and put their questions to the Commissioner in person during a 45 minutes session for residents.
Questions can be about any policy issue relating to policing in Sussex, but not related to operational matters or a live case.
The order will be based on a 'first come first served' basis. It is recommended that participants submit their questions in advance, using the contact details below. As well as assigning a speaking slot, this also allows time for fuller responses to be prepared.
Those who want to ask a question, but are unavailable on the day, can still submit a question in writing. It will be asked by the Panel Chairman, with the answer recorded in the official minutes of the meeting.
Two of the main items on the agenda at the meeting are the Police Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report and an update on diversity in police recruitment.
Meeting date and location
Date - Friday 29 June
Start time - 10.30am
Location - County Hall, St Anne's Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1UE
3 Agendas, minutes and reports
29 June 2018
27 April 2018
19 January 2018
- Additional correspondence subsequent to meeting (PDF, 198KB)
- Action List from meeting (PDF, 35KB)
- Minutes (PDF, 57KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 31KB)
6 October 2017
30 June 2017
7 April 2017
20 January 2017
- Action list from meeting (PDF, 132KB)
- Additional correspondence subsequent to meeting (PDF, 32KB)
- Minutes (PDF, 63KB)
- Supplementary agenda (PDF, 16KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 41KB)
23 September 2016
4 July 2016
- Minutes (PDF, 58KB)
- Letter relating to Confirmation Hearing of Chief Finance Officer (PDF, 68KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 51KB)
22 January 2016
9 October 2015
3 July 2015
24 April 2015
23 January 2015
24 January 2014
27 June 2014
10 October 2014
11 January 2013
7 February 2013
4 April 2013
28 June 2013
11 October 2013
26 November 2012
4 Meeting dates and locations
Forthcoming meeting dates are:
- Friday 29 June 2018
- Friday 5 October 2018
- Friday 1 February 2019
- Monday 18 February 2019 (provisional, to be cancelled if not required)
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)
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.
- Adur District Council – David Simmons
- Arun District Council – Mike Clayden
- Brighton and Hove City Council – Mo Marsh
- Brighton and Hove City Council – Joe Miller
- Chichester District Council – Eileen Lintill
- Crawley Borough Council – Brenda Smith
- Eastbourne Borough Council – John Ungar
- East Sussex County Council – Bill Bentley (Chairman)
- East Sussex County Council – Carolyn Lambert
- Hastings Borough Council – Colin Fitzgerald
- Horsham District Council – Tricia Youtan
- Lewes District Council – Tony Nicholson
- Mid Sussex District Council – Norman Webster
- Rother District Council – Eleanor Kirby - Green
- Wealden District Council – Claire Dowling
- Worthing Borough Council – Valerie Turner
- West Sussex County Council - Christian Mitchell (Vice Chairman)
- Independent – Peter Nightingale*
- Independent – Susan Scholefield*
*Independent members of the Panel are required to sign up to West Sussex County Council’s Code of Conduct.
6 Contact details
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 officer 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, 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.