Sussex Police Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney "totally dismayed" by CID shortages

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Police boss "totally dismayed" by under-pressure officers in tears

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A policeboss was left “totally dismayed” when she was read extracts from an article in The Argus about shortages in the criminal investigation department (CID).

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney was one of the county’s leading officers grilled on the issue by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne at a performance and accountability meeting yesterday afternoon.

Quoting from The Argus, Mrs Bourne referenced officers being on the verge of tears because of the stress caused by their workloads.

Ms Pinkney said: “I was totally dismayed to hear that.

“We work really closely alongside the Federation on these things and it’s the role of every supervisor to keep a close eye and support their staff.”

But the temporary Deputy Chief Constable was quick to dismiss fears that officers were over-worked.

She said: “It’s important to remember that those working in CID deal with the worst of humanity.

“They go through dark times in that, but sadly that’s the nature of the business. We’re not complacent, but they deal with troubling things.”

The issue was raised by a Detective Constable working in Brighton CID, who told The Argus there was a “critical shortage of officers across the entire Brighton and Hove division”.

It was revealed Brighton CID had been forced to draft in officers who had not taken vital detective examsto plug the gaps left in the department, which deals with serious crimes such as murders and rapes.

Ms Pinkney added yesterday: “There is no risk to public safety to have these officers in CID – it’s normal practice.

“There are a handful of constables but they are all experienced and they’re all taking their exams; they are aspiring detectives.”

Mrs Bourne was first made aware of the staff shortage in Brighton CID last year. She said: “We had a very candid and open discussion about the issue and everyone was very frank and honest about it and raised their concerns.

“I sat down with the then Chief Constable and it become quite clear it was a really genuine problem.

“Recruitment had been frozen for three and a half years so we reopened that, which was amazing, but it was always going to take time for those to filter through the system and be trained up.

“There are 42 constables almost ready to be rolled out across the force, a further 60 being trained up and recruitment is opening again for 120 constables on Monday.

“But those officers working in CID are experienced and are always supervised by a Detective Sergeant or Detective Inspector.

“Having said that, hearing reports that officers are close to tears because of workloads is worrying and I’ll be making sure they are getting the support they need.”

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10:31am Sat 17 May 14

qm says...

Welcome to the real world Ms Pinkney, smell the coffee!
Welcome to the real world Ms Pinkney, smell the coffee! qm
  • Score: 14

10:53am Sat 17 May 14

mimseycal says...

Whilst I must agree that the Police does get to see the darkest side of humanity, this is nothing new. It has ever been such. Since before the establishment of the first professional police force in Glasgow following an Act of Parliament in 1800s.
Whilst I must agree that the Police does get to see the darkest side of humanity, this is nothing new. It has ever been such. Since before the establishment of the first professional police force in Glasgow following an Act of Parliament in 1800s. mimseycal
  • Score: 3

11:00am Sat 17 May 14

Hove Actually says...

Mrs Bourne was first made aware of the staff shortage in Brighton CID last year....and yet she did nothing until she got egg all over her face from the report in the local paper, now
Lessons learnt, change put in place, dealing with it.....all weezle words that mean NOTHING was done when it should have been and truhfully the only thing she is sorry about is being caught failing in her role
Mrs Bourne was first made aware of the staff shortage in Brighton CID last year....and yet she did nothing until she got egg all over her face from the report in the local paper, now Lessons learnt, change put in place, dealing with it.....all weezle words that mean NOTHING was done when it should have been and truhfully the only thing she is sorry about is being caught failing in her role Hove Actually
  • Score: 20

11:16am Sat 17 May 14

worthingite says...

Grammar is appalling 'The issuewas'
Grammar is appalling 'The issuewas' worthingite
  • Score: -1

11:40am Sat 17 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Well if they cant deal with the major crimes its no wonder they ignore the on-line reporting form as I found out last year.But its great for crime figures to justify the governments cuts.
Well if they cant deal with the major crimes its no wonder they ignore the on-line reporting form as I found out last year.But its great for crime figures to justify the governments cuts. clubrob6
  • Score: 5

4:50pm Sat 17 May 14

NathanAdler says...

Get rid of Police Dogs - they really do very little and cost a fortune

Get rid of Traffic and let the Black Rats deal with real crime and be used for accidents only

Stop paying anything towards a helicopter - does very little. £3k to put inthe air to track somebody who has damaged a garden fence WTF!!!!

Get rid of the overweight and utterly useless PCSOs.

Reinvest the above savings in to real bobbies and bring back the old height restrictions!!
Get rid of Police Dogs - they really do very little and cost a fortune Get rid of Traffic and let the Black Rats deal with real crime and be used for accidents only Stop paying anything towards a helicopter - does very little. £3k to put inthe air to track somebody who has damaged a garden fence WTF!!!! Get rid of the overweight and utterly useless PCSOs. Reinvest the above savings in to real bobbies and bring back the old height restrictions!! NathanAdler
  • Score: -12

8:35pm Mon 19 May 14

angrymonkey says...

NathanAdler wrote:
Get rid of Police Dogs - they really do very little and cost a fortune

Get rid of Traffic and let the Black Rats deal with real crime and be used for accidents only

Stop paying anything towards a helicopter - does very little. £3k to put inthe air to track somebody who has damaged a garden fence WTF!!!!

Get rid of the overweight and utterly useless PCSOs.

Reinvest the above savings in to real bobbies and bring back the old height restrictions!!
Or maybe stop cutting back on all are services we need and stop sending all are money over sea.
Police dogs are very good at what trained for am sure you would not want to fight a Cop with one.
when someone Robbed my mums the police helicopter was over within a few mins before any police turned up trying to find the low life.
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: Get rid of Police Dogs - they really do very little and cost a fortune Get rid of Traffic and let the Black Rats deal with real crime and be used for accidents only Stop paying anything towards a helicopter - does very little. £3k to put inthe air to track somebody who has damaged a garden fence WTF!!!! Get rid of the overweight and utterly useless PCSOs. Reinvest the above savings in to real bobbies and bring back the old height restrictions!![/p][/quote]Or maybe stop cutting back on all are services we need and stop sending all are money over sea. Police dogs are very good at what trained for am sure you would not want to fight a Cop with one. when someone Robbed my mums the police helicopter was over within a few mins before any police turned up trying to find the low life. angrymonkey
  • Score: 1

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