SEAFORD: Survey chance to help modernise the police service

HOW people report crime and their preferred location to meet with police are some of the questions being asked of the Seaford community.

Officers will be out on streets across the county until February 28 to ask people their opinions on Sussex Police and how the team can provide the best services for people in the future.

There is the opportunity to sign up to the survey online at www.sussex.police.uk and among questions is how people would prefer to contact the police with options including face to face, telephone or online and locations where residents would consider meeting with police including the library, post office and fire station.

Seaford Sergeant Chris Veale said, “Many of the processes and buildings currently used by the Force were introduced decades ago and may no longer be the most practical or efficient way of doing things.

“Through this consultation Sussex Police is looking to find new ways to provide policing that is in tune with the modern world, while also helping to meet the national financial challenge.

“It will help locate alternative, convenient contact locations in the heart of communities and will also look at what people would like to be able to do online or perhaps using their mobile phone.”

Among changes are police station opening hours which are set to be slashed at various locations across Sussex.

The force-wide changes are hoped to save £1.8 million per year and the Seaford station, based in Church Street, is looking to see a 60 per cent reduction in its hours.

Under the changes, which have not yet been implemented, Seaford Police Station will open from Monday to Friday from 10am until 2pm instead of its usual 10am until 8pm in the week and 10am until 6pm on Saturdays.

At the time of the announcement Alan Price, Sussex Police Authority’s Lead Member for Estates, said the proposals will save the Force a significant amount of money and that despite the proposals being approved nothing was set in stone.

To find out more about news and events, the survey on Sussex Police and other issues regarding policing visit the website: www.sussex.police.uk