Praise for Sussex Police in annual report

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A POLICE force has been recognised as ‘good’ by the government’s police inspectorate.

Sussex Police was praised for creating and maintaining an ethical culture and working well to engage with the people it serves in the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s PEEL Legitimacy.

It also focuses on two aspects of policing where policing must particularly demonstrate fairness if it is to be seen as operating legitimately – stop and search and the use of Taser.

The HMIC found that the use of Tasers is fair and appropriate and that Sussex Police complies with all aspects of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme.

Chief Constable Giles York said: ‘I am delighted that our service is assessed as ‘good’ throughout this report and acknowledge the work of Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney as lead on integrity and professionalism across the county.’

Ms Pinkney said: ‘We are committed to fairness, impartiality and integrity in all that we do.’

The report highlighted the force’s commitment to volunteering in local policing.

As reported, Hampshire police was found to have performed well and to be using Taser appropriately.