SUSSEX police has been praised for its ‘victim-focused’ approach when tackling crime as figures show a three per cent reduction in crime.
Police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne has said she is pleased with Sussex Police’s progress on cutting crime and preventing corruption shown in two government reports published, and welcomed praise for the way it deals with victims.
“Victims of burglary tell me just how intrusive and traumatic it can be so it is reassuring to see house burglary reduced by 14 per cent. HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary) also note Sussex Police achieving reductions in anti-social behaviour, being effectively tackled in collaboration with local partners, with more people confident to report it”.
The report also highlighted the way domestic abuse is being tackled by Sussex Police.
“Domestic violence incidents are now dealt with by specialist officers and I have invested in the recruitment of new DA case workers to support victims and investigations. HMIC referenced examples of how victims in Sussex feel able to provide evidence leading to successful prosecutions.
“This is progress we need to build on.”
While HMIC said that Sussex Police successfully prioritises people who may be vulnerable to crime, it recommended improvements in investigative training and supervision for response and neighbourhood policing team officers.
Mrs Bourne said: “I am pleased that HMIC recognise recent improvements in investigative capability and I am determined that technology – and targeted training to exploit it – will enable more effective and efficient investigation in Sussex.”