County news: Sussex Police budget protected

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Today’s announcement that policing budgets will be protected has been welcomed by Sussex Police.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “We welcome the announcement that there will not be further cuts to the policing budget in England and Wales.

“We will await further announcements in mid-December on the finer details of the policing budget, in order to assess the impact for Sussex. Investments in collaboration, specialist capability and counter terrorism functions may impact on the funding available to individual police forces. The Home Secretary indicated that there will still be a reduction in police grants and therefore the force expects to have to find more savings.

“Sussex Police is prepared for future financial and operational challenges, and has a plan for delivering financial savings of around £60 million over the next three financial years up to 2019.

“With ongoing demands on policing - particularly cyber crime and counter terrorism - and the funding challenges we will continue to focus on local policing outcomes and collaboration with Surrey Police as part of our Policing Together programme.

“I can reassure the public that Sussex Police is a 24/7 emergency service which will always focus on the needs of those who are most vulnerable.”

The announcement was made today as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

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