Cost of police force comes into spotlight

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THE cost of policing will come under the microscope later this month.

The budget for policing Sussex in 2015/16 will be on the agenda when Sussex Police and Crime Panel holds its next meeting on January 23.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, will outline the proposed policing precept that residents will pay.

County councillor Brad Watson OBE, who chairs the panel, said: ‘The panel is responsible for reviewing the commissioner’s proposed precept and making reports and recommendations. If the panel does not accept the proposed precept it has a power of veto.

‘In the event the veto is exercised, a provisional meeting date of February 20 has been arranged for the panel to consider the commissioner’s revised proposed precept.

‘However, the panel does not have the power of veto over the revised precept.

‘It promises to be a busy and interesting meeting.’

Ms Bourne said: ‘Over the two months I have had a county-wide consultation about the police precept and we have had a very good response from the public.

‘I look forward to presenting the results of the survey at the police and crime panel meeting.’