Sussex PEEL 2014
How well the force delivers value for money
Sussex Police is on track to achieve the savings required by the end of the spending review period. It has made good progress in developing collaboration plans with Surrey Police so that it is better placed to achieve savings in the future, while protecting the policing service it provides to the public.
Sussex is on track to achieve its required savings of £56.8m over this spending review period. It has plans in place to achieve further savings in 2015/16. Sussex has a very good track record of achieving savings. In spite of a difficult financial challenge, it has achieved more savings than it needed to over the spending review period.
The force recognises that, for it to maintain effective service provision in the future while responding to further austerity measures, it cannot do this alone. Sussex is working closely and constructively with Surrey to develop a way of providing policing that allows the two forces to gain maximum benefits from working together, both in terms of financial savings and also to improve the quality of policing.
Crime has continued to fall in Sussex throughout the spending review period at a lower rate than for England and Wales. In the year to March 2014, crime rates fell more than in England and Wales.
To what extent is the force efficient?
To what extent is the force taking steps to ensure a secure financial position for the short and long term?
Sussex Police is financially well-managed and has a very good track record of achieving savings. In spite of a difficult financial challenge, it has achieved more savings than it needed to over the spending review period.
Finances are well managed and the force has a cautious approach to budgeting.
The force has built up healthy reserves that provide some security and the ability to invest in projects that will improve policing and lead to greater efficiencies in the future.
The alliance with Surrey Police is ambitious and has already contributed significantly to savings; it offers potential for much greater future savings as well as improving services.
To what extent has the force got an affordable way of providing policing?
Sussex Police recognises that working in collaboration with a range of partners is crucial to enabling it to work more efficiently to achieve the scale of savings needed in the future.
The force is working constructively with Surrey Police to develop a way of providing policing that allows the two forces to gain maximum benefits from the alliance. It is also looking beyond the alliance for further opportunities to collaborate.
The force has made a concerted effort to concentrate savings in non-pay areas so that it has been able to limit the reduction to its workforce numbers.
The change programme is well led and robustly managed.