Sussex Police may sell off books

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Cash-strapped Sussex Police is considering selling its library books and stopping its magazine subscriptions.

The force, which needs to save £55m by 2015, is looking at cutting its £12,000 annual subscriptions to magazines.

It may also raise funds from book sales, which could be used to buy more computers.

The plan to sell books from the library, based at Sussex Police headquarters at Lewes, was revealed in force committee papers.

Minutes from the meeting read: “Superintendent Laurence Taylor updated the group that the decision has been made for the library to stop their book orders and magazine/newspaper subscriptions.

“There is currently a £12,000 budget in place for books and newspapers.

“It was decided to stop all subscriptions with Deputy Chief Constable Giles York’s agreement unless it is really obvious Sussex Police needs it.

“Supt Taylor explained that it is currently being considered what to do with all the books etc.”

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Author Sussex crime author Peter James, who has a close relationship with the force, said: “I hope they don’t cancel their subscription to The Argus. It’s the bible of Brighton and Hove.

“It’s typical of this Government and what this anti-police government is doing.

“This government puts no value of what the police really does and Sussex Police tries its best.

“Like all writers I want all libraries to survive in all forms.”

A Sussex Police spokes-man said: “It has been decided to cease ordering magazines and journals on law-related topics for the headquarter’s library only.

“We are also reviewing the current stock of books in the library to assess the best means of making them available elsewhere in the force and of possibly disposing of some. We are also looking at ways in which information sources can be accessed on-line.”

He said that the decision will not affect newspapers, which were referred to by error in the minutes.

He added: “The decisions won't adversely affect the force’s ability for academic study and research, as the books currently available are also available to borrow via an on-line catalogue from the Bramshill National Police Library.”

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10:58am Sat 17 Nov 12

Tom V says...

I didn't even know there was a police library. There are library cuts all over the country so there is precedence for this outside the police force but I would be interested to know what sort of books they had there e.g. fiction or books about policing. I doubt secondhand books will raise much, unless they're first editions or historic.
I didn't even know there was a police library. There are library cuts all over the country so there is precedence for this outside the police force but I would be interested to know what sort of books they had there e.g. fiction or books about policing. I doubt secondhand books will raise much, unless they're first editions or historic. Tom V
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11:01am Sat 17 Nov 12

MuammarQaddafi says...

LOL @ Peter James. Now that he has revealed what "the bible of Brighton & Hove" is, that explains some of the misguided beliefs rattling around out there.
LOL @ Peter James. Now that he has revealed what "the bible of Brighton & Hove" is, that explains some of the misguided beliefs rattling around out there. MuammarQaddafi
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11:17am Sat 17 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Things must be really desperate. Perhaps getting rid of the PCC would save £85,000 and expenses.
Things must be really desperate. Perhaps getting rid of the PCC would save £85,000 and expenses. Maxwell's Ghost
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11:22am Sat 17 Nov 12

leobrighton says...

Good that they are considering cutting this waste. Anyone thats interested in reading the magazines could take out their own subscriptions and read them at after work instead of at work when they could be doing some policing instead. As for the Arsegas why bother at all
Good that they are considering cutting this waste. Anyone thats interested in reading the magazines could take out their own subscriptions and read them at after work instead of at work when they could be doing some policing instead. As for the Arsegas why bother at all leobrighton
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12:13pm Sat 17 Nov 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Library?! What are the police doing with a library anyway? Waste of public money definitely. Same for magazine subs - these should have been cancelled a decade ago at least or preferably NEVER taken out. £12K per year - our police certainly know how to waste money don't they?
Library?! What are the police doing with a library anyway? Waste of public money definitely. Same for magazine subs - these should have been cancelled a decade ago at least or preferably NEVER taken out. £12K per year - our police certainly know how to waste money don't they? getThisCoalitionOut
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1:24pm Sat 17 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt says...

Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available...

And the response from the Argus?

"Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms".

That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led...

Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC
Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available... And the response from the Argus? "Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms". That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led... Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC sbiscorrupt
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3:00pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Brightonlocal says...

sbiscorrupt wrote:
Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available...

And the response from the Argus?

"Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms".

That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led...

Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC
Police led censorship? What the Argus? The anti-police Argus lol

Really?
[quote][p][bold]sbiscorrupt[/bold] wrote: Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available... And the response from the Argus? "Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms". That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led... Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC[/p][/quote]Police led censorship? What the Argus? The anti-police Argus lol Really? Brightonlocal
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5:04pm Sat 17 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt says...

Brightonlocal wrote:
sbiscorrupt wrote:
Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available...

And the response from the Argus?

"Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms".

That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led...

Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC
Police led censorship? What the Argus? The anti-police Argus lol

Really?
Hey I don't agree, but that's your viewpoint...

How would you like it if your reasonable comment was removed?

Slowly but surely internet censorship is creeping in...

Because the powers that be don't want 'ordinary' people to have their say!
[quote][p][bold]Brightonlocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sbiscorrupt[/bold] wrote: Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available... And the response from the Argus? "Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms". That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led... Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC[/p][/quote]Police led censorship? What the Argus? The anti-police Argus lol Really?[/p][/quote]Hey I don't agree, but that's your viewpoint... How would you like it if your reasonable comment was removed? Slowly but surely internet censorship is creeping in... Because the powers that be don't want 'ordinary' people to have their say! sbiscorrupt
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7:18pm Sat 17 Nov 12

funkyyoyo says...

how about get rid of the bmw x5 police car ive seen around town,buy a hyundai instead,cheaper to run,thatl save a billion lucas pounds a week no doubt!!!!!
how about get rid of the bmw x5 police car ive seen around town,buy a hyundai instead,cheaper to run,thatl save a billion lucas pounds a week no doubt!!!!! funkyyoyo
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7:52pm Sat 17 Nov 12

BTIN says...

The "library" is just one room at HQ with shelves of books. So don't get over excited. Re the X5. First of all the Police get massive discounts from BMW so they probably cost similar to the Hyundai stated. Also the resale of a 100k mile Hyundai I would suggest is a tad led then that of a BMW, if it survived that long...
The "library" is just one room at HQ with shelves of books. So don't get over excited. Re the X5. First of all the Police get massive discounts from BMW so they probably cost similar to the Hyundai stated. Also the resale of a 100k mile Hyundai I would suggest is a tad led then that of a BMW, if it survived that long... BTIN
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7:53pm Sat 17 Nov 12

BTIN says...

Tad less even.
Tad less even. BTIN
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4:39am Sun 18 Nov 12

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

I wonder how many other public services fritter away the rate/tax-payers' hard-earned contributions?
Could explain why detection rates are so low in Sussex as they may have been too busy reading their magazines to follow up the crimes they are charged with investigating!
PCC not too soon, I don't doubt!
I wonder how many other public services fritter away the rate/tax-payers' hard-earned contributions? Could explain why detection rates are so low in Sussex as they may have been too busy reading their magazines to follow up the crimes they are charged with investigating! PCC not too soon, I don't doubt! Tailgaters Anonymous
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8:41am Sun 18 Nov 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

sbiscorrupt wrote:
Brightonlocal wrote:
sbiscorrupt wrote:
Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available...

And the response from the Argus?

"Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms".

That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led...

Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC
Police led censorship? What the Argus? The anti-police Argus lol

Really?
Hey I don't agree, but that's your viewpoint...

How would you like it if your reasonable comment was removed?

Slowly but surely internet censorship is creeping in...

Because the powers that be don't want 'ordinary' people to have their say!
Your paranoia is quite disturbing and I hope that you are either receiving help, or will be shortly before it gets completely out of hand.

Now onto my point. The police use cells and lock people up - quite rightly - ahead of charging and post charging. During this time the miscreants are provided with supervision, shelter, food and drink. Why not levy a fixed charge of say £75 per 4 hour + block of incarceration for all people who are either non compliant, or found guilty. Tipping would be left to the miscreants discretion.
[quote][p][bold]sbiscorrupt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brightonlocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sbiscorrupt[/bold] wrote: Apparently someone made a comment about a 'crime fighting for dummies' book no longer being available... And the response from the Argus? "Your comments are beginning to upset some users of this website. We welcome your contributions but please respect your fellow commenters and abide by our site terms". That of course actually means censorship, which is no doubt police led... Maybe this should this taken up with the new expensive PCC[/p][/quote]Police led censorship? What the Argus? The anti-police Argus lol Really?[/p][/quote]Hey I don't agree, but that's your viewpoint... How would you like it if your reasonable comment was removed? Slowly but surely internet censorship is creeping in... Because the powers that be don't want 'ordinary' people to have their say![/p][/quote]Your paranoia is quite disturbing and I hope that you are either receiving help, or will be shortly before it gets completely out of hand. Now onto my point. The police use cells and lock people up - quite rightly - ahead of charging and post charging. During this time the miscreants are provided with supervision, shelter, food and drink. Why not levy a fixed charge of say £75 per 4 hour + block of incarceration for all people who are either non compliant, or found guilty. Tipping would be left to the miscreants discretion. Somethingsarejustwrong
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