PCC Katy Bourne’s recommendation to increase the policing element of the council tax was approved by the Police and Crime Panel at a meeting on Friday (1 February).
Chief Constable Giles York said: “Sussex Police, like other police forces across the UK, has worked hard to keep local communities safe in the face of increasing demand and against a backdrop of severe financial pressure. This increase puts the force in a stronger position to keep the public safe.
“As a result, and over the course of the next few years, people will see more visible policing in their community, we will make it easier and better for people to contact the police, and we can invest more in the specialist skills we need to catch the most serious criminals and protect the most vulnerable.
“Through the recruitment of additional officers and PCSOs, we can significantly strengthen our local policing teams in all parts of the county.
“But it will always be important to balance this with building sufficient specialist capabilities to deal with those crimes that cause the most harm, such as the serious violent crime linked to drugs gangs that we have seen in our city and towns or in managing the growing threat of cybercrime.
“While we will continue to find smarter ways of working to maximise our budget and resource, this additional investment puts us in a much stronger position to keep people and communities in Sussex safe and feeling safe.”
The additional funding, which equates to an extra £2 per month for a band D property, will be used to recruit an extra 200 posts over the next four years – 100 PCSOs, 50 additional police officers and 50 extra specialist staff.
They will form part of our on-going recruitment drive of hundreds of new police officers, detectives and police staff over the next few years.
Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am pleased that the Panel have recognised that I have listened intently to what Sussex residents want and what the Chief Constable needs. With their support, we are now able to take this unique opportunity to recruit even more officers and invest in an all round better service.”