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Local Policing Model

We have unveiled our vision for policing in the future.

We will make significant changes over the next four years to ensure local police services are directed to where they are most needed.

The Local Policing Model, directed by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan sets out local policing in terms of prevention, response and investigation, operating seamlessly across Sussex. It removes silo working and improves consistency and partnership working.

The vision for policing Sussex in 2020 is that we will be a service that protects the community, is relentless in the pursuit of criminals and has an empowered workforce with integrity at its core.

Our key changes for the future:

  • Public safety is a priority, response teams will have the same strength and they won't be constrained by organisational boundaries of East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove - the most appropriate officer will respond to those most in need.
  • A Resolution Centre staffed by officers is providing professional advice on the phone or online to resolve issues remotely at the initial point of contact. Where a problem would be more effectively dealt with by a partner, people will be directed to them.
  • More online services will be available to meet people's changing needs - to report crime and find out information.
  • Officers are being equipped with new mobile devices to easily access information and complete administrative tasks whilst out in the community, reducing the need to spend time at police stations.
  • Officers will carry out intelligence-led work, focusing on the most vulnerable and crime hotspots
  • PCSO roles have changed, they are now equipped with a wider range of skills and are more flexible so that they can focus on those most in need, actively contributing to reducing crime, alongside partners.
  • Officers will be trained in relation to a range of problem solving issues, reducing the need for specialist officers.
  • With a flexible model, officers and staff can be moved around to where they are needed at a given time.
  • Victims and witnesses will have one officer dedicated to their case, reducing the need for handovers.
  • Officers will provide joint services with partners, including Surrey Police.
  • Officers and staff will work closely with partners, including co-locating whenever there are benefits to the community, thereby reducing costs.
  • Policing districts will combine for effective command, consistency and partnership working.
  • Our officers and staff will be trusted to use their discretion to do the right thing for the public we serve without multiple layers of supervision in place.