Who we are
Sussex Police serves the rural and urban counties of East and
West Sussex and the cosmopolitan city of Brighton & Hove.
Millions of visitors, holidaymakers, students and seasonal workers
from the UK and overseas swell the resident population of 1.63
million people, with an additional 39 million passengers
travelling through Gatwick Airport each year.
The force has almost 2,700 police officers and 2,100 police
staff, including Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and a
team of dedicated volunteers that includes over 400 Special
Constables and around 180 Police Cadets. The roles of uniformed
officers who respond to calls and PCSOs that work out in the
community are probably familiar to most people. But policing
involves a wide range of different functions, many of which aren't
visible to the public but are nonetheless an essential part of how
For example, we have specific teams for public order, roads
policing, serious and organised crime and counter terrorism. Within
these areas there are a range of specialist, operational and
support roles, carried out by a mixture of officers and police
Crime reduced in Sussex by 3.6% between 2010/11 - 2014/15. The
force area remains one of the safest places to live, work or visit.
Over 2014/15 there have been significant rises in serious sexual
offences, hate crime, domestic abuse and violence against the
person resulting from greater compliance with national crime
recording standards. Emerging crime threats (including child sexual
exploitation and cyber-enabled crime) place further, complex
investigative and safeguarding demands on the force.
Sussex Police demonstrates a firm commitment to equality and
diversity, both within the organisation and through the service we
provide to our public. To maintain high-quality service provision
and deliver the priorities set by the Sussex Police and Crime
Commissioner, within significant financial constraints seen over
the past five years, the force is collaborating extensively,
working ever more closely with partners and introducing
transformational changes across the force including a new local
policing model and enhanced digital services for the public and
In March 2015, Sussex Police unveiled its vision for local
policing in the future. Significant changes will be made over
the next four years to ensure local police services are directed to
where they are most needed. To find out more, click the following
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across
activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight
against terrorism - in the public interest.
In preparing their reports, they ask the questions
which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible
form, using their expertise to interpret the
evidence. They provide authoritative information to allow the
public to compare the performance of their force against others,
and their evidence is used to drive improvements in the
service to the public.
In November 2013, the Home Office announced its decision "to
fund a new annual programme of all-force inspections". As a result,
HMIC has developed a new programme of regular, annual inspections
of aspects of day-to-day policing in all police forces.
This programme, known as the PEEL (police effectiveness,
efficiency and legitimacy) assessments, will report on how well
each force in England and Wales:
- cuts crime (effectiveness);
- provides value for money (efficiency); and
- provides a service that is legitimate in the eyes of the public
The PEEL Assessment is divided between these three pillars
(efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy) and will look at forces
over the calendar year (not financial year). Evidence for
these 3 pillars will be derived from a series of questions posed by
HMIC through a range of inspections.
The first, full assessment will be published in February
2016, but HMIC conducted an interim assessment, published in
November 2014, which can be found here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/
HMIC also conduct comprehensive value for money (VfM) profiles
provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities.
For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar
forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime
rate differ from other force areas?
It is important to note that the profiles highlight what these
differences are, but not why they exist. There are many reasons why
(for instance) a force might spend more on a particular function
than other forces, or pay its officers more. Forces and police and
crime commissioners can explain these reasons; the VfM profiles aim
to help you ask the right questions.
The profiles are based on data provided by the police and
include information on costs, workforce, offences and outcomes. The
2015 VfM profile can be found here:
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