Katy Bourne has presided over a 3% cut in police officer numbers across Sussex since she was first elected in 2012, data obtained from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has shown.
Despite claims made in an interview with BBC Radio Sussex last week, the ONS data details how there were 230 less police officers serving across Sussex by the end of Katy Bourne’s first term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
This fall in police numbers continued throughout her second term. In 2018 – six years after she was first elected – police officer numbers plunged by 12%. This represented their lowest figure in a decade.
Despite a modest increase in numbers over the last two years, the number of police officers serving in Sussex remains 3% lower than in 2012.
Kahina Bouhassane, Green Party candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“The number of police officers serving across Sussex has fallen during Katy Bourne’s terms as Policing and Crime Commissioner. Despite her brazen attempts to take credit for a recent increase, these will go only some way to replacing those numbers that have been lost. The fact remains that we still have less serving police officers than when she first assumed office.”
Kahina Bouhassane continued:
“Yet again, we are seeing the damage that Tory cuts have had on our public services. These reductions have a real impact on the lives of people across Sussex. While Katy Bourne tries to rewrite her failing record on police numbers, I am committed to working with the police service and local communities to make a real difference in local policing so that it better serves all of us.”