Performance and Accountability Meeting - April


WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) 

WHEN: Friday 22 April @ 13:00

WHERE: Watch it live or in the archive at our webcast portal

This week’s Performance and Accountability Meeting (PAM) will be held on Friday 22 April. The below outlines some of the questions Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will ask Chief Constable Shiner.

Last month, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) published findings on their ‘Inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) counter-corruption arrangements’ which highlighted that the force's approach to tackling corruption was “not fit for purpose.”

Reflecting on the report and the areas in which the MPS has substantial weaknesses, PCC Katy Bourne will ask the Chief Constable for her reflections on the findings and scrutinise how Sussex Police identify and reduce risks through their own recruitment processes and vetting. She will also ask the Chief Constable if she is satisfied with the force’s IT monitoring systems and examine continuing investments in this area.

In addition, PCC Bourne will scrutinise the Force’s processes regarding the return of warrant cards and how property is properly accounted for.

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “It is vital that Sussex Police’s recruitment processes and procedures, including vetting, are properly scrutinised. Police officers and staff who join the Force and protect the public must be reviewed to the highest of standards and any risks within these processes need to be identified quickly.

“It is also important that the Force have the right tools to identify corrupt personnel and ensure that these methods are measured and reviewed frequently. I will be further questioning the Chief Constable about the Force’s processes in terms of property obtained, such as drugs and cash, as well as examining whether there are any unaccountable warrant cards and what procedure is in place to recover them.

“Sussex Police must continue to take a proactive, zero tolerance approach to tackling corruption and ensure their procedures are robust so that the public know they can fully trust our county’s officers, staff and the protocols they operate under.”

Another area of business to be scrutinised will be ‘call handling times and digital contact.’ The Chief Constable will be asked for an update regarding force performance on emergency calls (999), non-emergency calls (101) and digital contact (emails and webforms). PCC Bourne will also discuss the increased demand in 999 calls, public satisfaction rates and future plans for improvements to contact and communication, including a new campaign and a new, modern telephony system.

The full agenda for Friday’s meeting is:

  • HMICFRS – Metropolitan Police Service Counter – corruption arrangements
  • Electronic monitoring tags
  • StreetSafe Tool
  • Call handling times and digital contact
  • Information access requests

The next PAM is on Friday, 20 May 2022 at 13:00.