Alcohol related crime top of Sussex Police meeting

Alcohol-related crime is set to be top of the agenda at a police scrutiny meeting on Friday (May 22).

Monday, 18th May 2015, 2:31 pm

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Alcohol related crime tends to increase over the summer months, which is why I want to find out what work is underway by Sussex Police, in partnership with other authorities and agencies, to address this issue and reduce the impact on residents.

“In 2014, Hastings was declared a Local Alcohol Action Area by the Home Office as part of a 15-month scheme to address problems caused by alcohol, such as violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Now this project has concluded I want to know whether it has been a success and how learnings will be shared across the other districts in Sussex in order to tackle this issue from a county-wide perspective.”

Also on the agenda at Friday’s meeting is the force’s ongoing response to domestic abuse following criticism from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary that all police forces need to do more to support victims.

Other items include increases in crime reporting and public engagement in the new local policing model which was announced by the Chief Constable in March, 2015.

“The topics I question the Chief Constable on during these meetings are informed by the issues and concerns that local people tell me about”, said Mrs Bourne.

“I’d like to encourage residents to tune into the meeting and to continue to contact me with their views and experiences of policing and crime, so I can ensure policing priorities accurately represent the needs of the public.”

The meeting will be held from 1pm to 3pm on Friday, May 22.

It can be watched live online at