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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.

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

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HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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.

 

 

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,462 square miles

Population

1.71m people
up8% local 10 yr change

Workforce

90% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.00 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down10% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.07 national level
up35% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend

Cost

46p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Sussex PCC

Katy Bourne

 

Sussex Police

Chief Constable Jo Shiner, appointed in July 2020

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