Release date: 21 December 2018
People are being invited to put their questions to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner at an upcoming meeting.
Members of the public attending the next meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel on Friday 1 February can put their questions to Katy Bourne in person. After she has given an answer, residents will have the opportunity to raise further points.
Questions must be submitted in advance, by noon on Friday 18 January, and they can be submitted in emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 03302 222542. The Commissioner will provide a written response in the event a questioner cannot attend.
Questions could be about any policy issue relating to policing in Sussex (but not related to operational matters, or a live case).
Panel members will also have the opportunity to follow up on the
Commissioner’s responses at the meeting.
The main item on the agenda is scrutiny of the PCC’s proposed council tax precept. The Panel is also due to receive a report on the Commissioner’s role in Sussex Police’s work to combat “county lines” drug trafficking.
Councillor Bill Bentley, chairman of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel said: “The Panel is here to support the Commissioner as well as scrutinising her work on behalf of the public.
“We are now inviting people to ask their questions in person. You will still need to submit these in advance but by attending the meeting you will be able to hear the answer and then raise further points with the Commissioner.
“We would particularly welcome questions about how residents would like any proposed increase in the policing precept to be spent.”
The meeting will be held at County Hall, Lewes, starting at 10.30am. The meeting will also be webcast live on East Sussex County Council's websites site.
Councillors from 15 local authorities across Sussex, plus two independent members, make up the Sussex Police and Crime Panel. The role of the Panel is to scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Commissioner.