Panel looks at plan for policing in Sussex

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The newly-formed Sussex Police and Crime Panel is looking at how much to charge taxpayers for the police next year.

At its meeting on Friday, members will begin one of the major tasks it was set up to carry out – reviewing the draft police and crime plan drawn up by the newly-appointed police commissioner Katy Bourne.

One key element of the plan is the amount the commissioner wants to raise from council tax for the coming financial year.

The draft plan proposes no change, leaving the police’s share of council tax the same as last year at £138.42 for a band D property.

The panel oversees public accountability and transparency and is being asked for its views on priorities in the plan.

Panel chairman Brad Watson said: ‘This is the first-ever police and crime plan for Sussex, so it is vital that we put forward the view of residents from all over Sussex.’

The plan will also incorporate the views of organisations including businesses and organisations.