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NEW PCC REFUSES TO RULE OUT CUTS TO FRONT LINE POLICING IN SUSSEX

November 30 2012.

Monday 26th November saw the first meeting of the Police and Crime Panel for Sussex. This is the body that will hold the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner to account. The panel, which is made up of elected representatives from across Sussex, met with Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, and held a question and answer session which followed a presentation by the Commissioner.

Following the meeting, East Sussex's representative on the PCP, Lib Dem Councillor Rosalyn St Pierre, said that she was very concerned that the Commissioner refused to give an assurance that there would be no cuts  to front line police services, despite being pressed.

Councillor St Pierre went on to say: "I had hoped the new Commissioner would have moved quickly to assure the panel that services to rural areas and those concerned with children, would havean  immediate guarantee that they will not lose the current levels of protection that they need from the police. Clearly it is early days for the Commissioner and I look forward to her addressing these issues in the new year when the full budget is presented."