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Sussex Police


Sussex Police provides policing services to the areas of East, West and Mid Sussex. The police force area covers 1,460 square miles with approximately 150 miles of coastline in the south of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Sussex is generally affluent. Around 1.7 million people mainly live in the urban centres, especially along the south coast, which include the city of Brighton and the towns of Bognor Regis, Hastings, Hove, and Horsham. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, a major airport and major sea ports.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Sussex
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Eastern region

Contact Zoë Billingham

PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Sussex Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Sussex Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Sussex Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime good.

The extent to which Sussex Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Sussex Police’s performance this year, including exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Sussex

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.






Key facts

Force Area

1,460 square miles


1.65m people 9% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
3.0 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
13% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


43p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

  • Crime & Community Safety – keeping Sussex a low crime area
  • Victim Focus – improving victims’ and witnesses’ experience of the criminal justice system
  • Public Confidence- building trust in the police
  • Value for Money- improving efficiency through collaboration and innovation
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  1. Crime & Community Safety: keeping Sussex a low crime area, and commissioning initiatives to reduce re-offending
  2. Victim Focus: providing a better experience of the criminal justice system and policing in Sussex and ensuring they are responsive to the needs of victims and the vulnerable
  3. Public Confidence: building trust in the police and criminal justice system, and recovering proceeds of crime to reinvest in community-based projects
  4. Value for Money: improving criminal justice efficiency through collaboration and partnership working and innovative commissioning of services and procurement of assets

Sussex PCC

Katy-Bourne-PCC-SussexKaty Bourne


Sussex Police


Chief Constable Giles York, appointed in July 2014

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