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  • "Er, this is what the old Police Authority used to do, but now the Panel has only two "lay" members and no separate magistrates (because magistrates have had a track record of not doing as they're told by the Home Office, so they have gradually been inched out over the last few years). So it's basically a forum full of local politicians all claiming to know better than the old Police Authority what the people of Sussex want. This Panel has, of course to be "supported" so, since the numbers employed by the Police Commissioner don't seem to be any lower than the numbers employed by the old Police Authority commonsense suggests that more is being spent on "supporting" yet another forum wherein councillors can sit around discussing things. I suppose that's one way of creating jobs... On the other hand, if I'm totally wrong, doubtless someone out there will quickly correct me."
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Police panel set to review crime plan

A panel set up to oversee the police and crime commissioner for Sussex is set for its first meeting.

The Sussex Police and Crime Panel meets on Friday (January 11) at East Sussex County Council, County Hall, Lewes.

It includes councillors from the 15 local authorities in Sussex plus two lay members and its first task is to review the draft Police and Crime Plan drawn up by police and crime commissioner, Katy Bourne.

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

The draft plan proposes no change, leaving the precept the same as last year at £138.42 for a Band D property.

The Police and Crime Panel is being asked to agree the precept, although it is not required to approve the budget.

It is also being asked for views on priorities outlined in the plan, titled Safer In Sussex 2013/14. These will become part of the final Police and Crime Plan.

A webcast of the meeting, which is open to the public, will be broadcast on the East Sussex County Council website.

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