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. Read more here.
Home Secretary announces new police powers to deal with knife crime
The Home Secretary is radically stepping up the government’s response to knife crime and will be introducing new orders to prevent criminals carrying blades. As part of decisive action to enhance police powers, the government will seek to amend the Offensive Weapons Bill to introduce Knife Crime Prevention Orders. This new deterrent can be imposed on any person aged 12 or over to prevent vulnerable young people from becoming involved in knife possession and knife crime. It can be imposed on anyone who police believe is carrying a knife, are habitual knife carriers or people previously convicted of a knife related offence. This fills a gap which is not covered by existing preventative orders such as gang injunctions and criminal behaviour orders.