Police officer numbers to increase by March 2020

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York has confirmed the force is on track to see 2,725 officers in post by March 2020, an increase of 176 from 12 months previously.

The question of police numbers was put to the Chief Constable by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne at the most recent Public Accountability and Performance Meeting (PAM) held last Friday (15 November).

Mr York told the meeting: “We are growing as an organisation and we continue to grow the number of police officers. The numbers highlighted above show that we are recruiting people faster than those leaving the force.

“Just last month we took on an extra 36 officers over and above the existing plans we had in place and these officers are already in training.”

The plan will also see an additional 100 PCSOs by March, bringing the total number to 296.