We now know what the increase of the Police Precept will be spent on! Incompetence.
Our hard earned money, stolen from us in the name of more police officers, will instead be spent on covering up gross incompetence within Sussex Police.
No wonder moral is at a 90% all time low.
“SHOCKING,” screams Conservative MP Henry Smith, after it was revealed Sussex police spent £419,000, policing the disastrous drone fiasco over Christmas 2018, while Surrey Police spent £40,000 on overtime.
Henry Smith said: “Eighteen months before the Gatwick drone incident I warned in Parliament this might well bring major disruption.”
“This is obviously at significant cost to the taxpayers, both locally in Sussex and Surrey, as well as nationally.”
Spending by Sussex Police included £332,000 on overtime and bank holiday pay, £52,000 on basing police officers on the site, £12,000 on mutual aid from other forces in Cambridge and Essex, £14,000 on accommodation and subsistence, £4,000 on equipment and £5,000 on transport.
One blunder after another, after another, after another.
Fewer than half of knife crimes over three years were recorded, a senior Sussex Police confessed.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said that the real figures were more than two and a half times higher because of a “system issue”.
- In 2016 the force recorded 296 knife crimes when the true figure was 665.
- In 2017 the force recorded 305 knife crimes when the true figure was 729.
- And in 2018 the force recorded 298 knife crimes when the figure should have been 827.
In line with other police forces, the figures did not include offences when someone was carrying a knife but had not used it.
- The number of people caught with a knife which they had not used rose from 540 in 2016 to 594 in 2018.
The deputy chief constable said, “When there is a crime which is a knife-enabled crime, then there is a box officers need to tick in order to positively say a knife was involved.
“But it’s at a really granular level so that box was almost semi-hidden, if you like, among the systems. So we’re putting that right.”
She was keen to reassure the people of Sussex that the county “really is a very safe place to live”.
So safe in fact, that according to the famous crime writer Peter James, its the city of choice for Crime Lords to settle and raise their families.
- IS PETER JAMES A SERIAL KILLER?
She added: “There was a recording issue which was completely down to the system.”
“We’ve uncovered it. We’ve got the solution in progress. But we’re still comfortable with where we are, having included those additional offences within the numbers.”
Failing to protect and serve the people of Sussex and failing to protect and serve the children of Sussex.
Children are being sexually abused in Sussex by organised criminal gangs and human traffickers, says a senior police officer, marking the UK’s National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day.
Sussex Detective Chief Inspector David Springett said: “Child exploitation is happening in Sussex. Exploitation is more than sexual.”
“Unfortunately, children often do not recognize the negative relationship they are having with an individual or group; seeing them as a friend, support, the only people they can turn to.
“Seeking help or reporting it to the police is therefore not on their radar.”
Sussex has lost one in five police officers over the last decade, while violent crime levels have ‘soared’ in the area.
The Police Federation says that “society just isn’t as safe as it once was“, and that the public are being let down by cuts to police forces.
The latest Home Office data shows that Sussex Police had 2,579 officers in September, 29 more than they had a year earlier.
But the number of officers is still significantly down on where it was in September 2010, when there were 3,177 – meaning a drop of 19% in eight years.
Over the same period, the number of crimes recorded by police has increased significantly.
In the 12 months to September 2010, 97,279 crimes were recorded by Sussex Police – a figure which rose to 110,849 in the year to September, an increase of 14%.
The number of violent crimes recorded rose markedly, doubling over the period. In total, 32,992 violent crimes were recorded in Sussex last year.
Across England and Wales’s 43 police forces, the number of officers has dropped by 14% since September 2010. There were 122,000 last year.
Over the same period, crime increased by 11%, with 4.6 million incidents recorded in the most recent 12 months.
There were 1.3 million violent crimes recorded last year, nearly double the number in the 12 months to September 2010.
On a personal note; I’m a victim of crime on a near daily basis, but Sussex Police are the last people I’d call for help.
In fact the last time I called Sussex police for help after being attacked at my election campaign office on the 15th January 2015; Sussex police took my assailant’s word over mine, and arrested me instead.
Concerns over 90% ‘low’ staff morale at Sussex Police.
According to figures from a Police Federation survey, 90% of Sussex police officers are suffering from low morale .
Almost four out of five Sussex police officers have faced mental well-being, issues such as anxiety over the last 12 months.
The federation, one of the largest staff associations in the UK, represents more than 119,000 constables, sergeants and inspectors and has been running for 100 years.
Its survey revealed that three-quarters of Sussex staff said their workload was too high or much too high, while four out of five said there were not enough officers to do the job properly.
The pressures placed on the Sussex police staff came through loud and clear in the survey, with sizeable rises in the percentage saying they were pressured to work long hours, and faced unrealistic time pressures and deadlines.
Worryingly, when it came to staff’s mental well-being, Sussex Police scored below the national average in almost all areas.
Little wonder given 19 per cent reported that they had suffered one or more injuries as a result of work-related violence in the last year.
Almost two-thirds said they rarely or never felt relaxed, while just over one-third said they rarely or never felt optimistic about the future.
Looking at the national picture, Ché Donald, the federation’s national vice-chairman, said the results should be ‘a huge red flag to the government, chief constables and the public’.
He said,“Officers are stressed, exhausted and consistently exposed to things people should never have to see – and these results show just how much it is taking its toll.
“We believe the steps we have put in place will provide the support our officers need and we have made great strides in improving our care for those working in the force who are suffering from mental health issues.”
Inflation-busting council tax rise as police numbers swell, or do they?
According to a Freedom of Information request:
These figures are correct as at the 18th March 2019, almost exactly 12 months since recruitment began on the 1st April 2018.
Number of officers recruited: 267
Numbers leaving through retirement: 133
Numbers leaving as a result of resigning: 83
That is an overall balance of 51. Therefore, at this rate the target of an EXTRA 200 police officers by 2022, seems highly UNATTAINABLE.
While the 133 retirees is explainable, the 83 resignations are not.
As a retired Chief Superintendent of Sussex Police, Mr. Kevin Moore, recently commented in the Sussex Express newspaper;
“My question therefore is simply this, What are Sussex Police doing in order to reduce the numbers of officers leaving other than through retirement?
There are of course many potential reasons for these resignations some of which are outside of the control of the local Force, for example low salaries and poor general conditions of service both of which can find their origins with our current Prime Minister and former Home Secretary Theresa May.
She of course, along with David Cameron was responsible for reducing police officer numbers in this country by a fifth since 2010.
To remind people, Sussex officer numbers have reduced from 3,200 to 2,500 since 2010 prior to the latest recruitment drive.
Dare I say it then that the council tax payers of Sussex are likely to be very disappointed with the results of their major investment in local policing!”