Recent crime figures for Sussex for the year 2012 have recently been released and Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, has welcomed a drop in crime of three per cent.
Officials say the figures show crime in Sussex has now continued to fall for the eighth year in a row.
Mrs Bourne said, “I am delighted these figures show that crime is still dropping and that the recent Global Peace Index agrees with this summation by naming Sussex as the most peaceful county in the South East.
“I sincerely hope this continues and have specified this in my Police & Crime Plan, Safer in Sussex.
“However, we must not be complacent, I recognise that despite the drops in crime there are still areas of concern and parts of our county that are not as peaceful and perhaps don’t feel as safe as others.
“It is for this reason that I have included the one hard target to ‘reduce crime’ in my Police & Crime Plan and it is against this that I will hold the Chief Constable to account during my term of office.”
Each month the Commissioner meets with the Chief Constable to assess performance across the force and against the priorities within the Police & Crime Plan.
A monthly report from these meetings is made available on the PCC’s website at http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/performance/performance-reports/
At Sussex Police Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones said, “It is good to see the Peace Index confirming that Sussex is great place to live in and to visit.
“In Sussex Police we are committed to public service first and foremost. Our people are dedicated to that cause but we cannot achieve a peaceful Sussex without working closely with our partners and our communities.
“We will always strive to improve and our focus will firmly remain on victims and to build confidence in the service we deliver.”
The Sussex PCC, in consultation with the Chief Constable and the people of Sussex, has recently published a Police & Crime Plan setting out the strategic objectives of the PCC’s term of office with priorities driven by issues that local people and business say are important to them.