Send us your questions about policing in Sussex

Have you ever wondered what the policing element of your council tax bill pays for?


Release date: 22 December 2020

Have you ever wondered what the policing element of your council tax bill pays for?

Residents now have the chance to find out and ask Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police Crime Commissioner, any written questions they have about how police work is funded and other strategic matters relating to Sussex Police.

All questions will be answered at the next meeting of the Police Crime Panel on Friday 29 January 2021.

Questions can be submitted via email to or by telephoning 03302 222 542.

Whilst questions about the policing element of council tax are particularly welcomed, residents can ask about any issue relating to policing in Sussex as long as they avoid operational matters and live cases.

The deadline for written questions is noon on Friday 15 January 2021.

Bill Bentley, Chairman of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel, said: “You might have noticed that your council tax helps fund what is known as the policing precept but may not be sure what that means. If you have any questions about the policing precept, and how it will be spent, I would really encourage you to tell us either by phone or email. Every question will be answered and you will be able to watch your questions put to Katy Bourne at the Police Crime Panel meeting on 29 January.

Aside from the 2021/22 proposed precept, the main item on the agenda at the Police Crime Panel is the Police & Crime Plan 2021/24.

The meeting will be held at 10:30am on Friday 29 January. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will take place over webcast and is available to watch here:

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