A third fewer police officers worked last bank holiday

A third fewer police officers worked last bank holiday

A third fewer police officers worked last bank holiday

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NEARLY a third of frontline police officers worked the last Bank Holiday Monday in Sussex, compared with a normal Monday shift.

Sussex Police scheduled on 499 officers on May 26, down more than 900 on the previous Monday, May 19.

The force has fewer bobbies on the beat over bank holidays because officers are paid more.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “The salaries of the majority of police officers and staff working on bank holidays are paid at an enhanced rate, which has an obvious effect on force budgets.

“In addition, detailed examination of demand on bank holidays has led to the introduction of staggered start times for officers and staff rather than everyone parading at the same time.”

The Argus initially asked for the figures to be broken down into Sussex Police districts: Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Mid Sussex, Crawley, Gatwick, Wealden, Rother, Eastbourne, Hastings, Adur & Worthing, Horsham, Arun and Chichester.

But the force refused for security reasons and said: “Sussex Police operates at a divisional rather than a district level on these days, demonstrating a much greater commitment to cross-border working and deployment than is normally the case.”

The force did release figures for the total number of officers working within Brighton and Hove Division, East Sussex Division, West Sussex Division and Gatwick Operations only.

The figures are a headcount, not full-time equivalent.

The chief constable works with the police and crime commissioner (PCC) to agree a yearly budget.

A source from the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said it was up to the chief constable, in this case Giles York, to approach to the PCC, currently Katy Bourne, with a business case for more money.

The figures came to light approaching this Monday’s Bank Holiday.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Consideration is given to what is occurring within the county on specific bank holidays and we resource them accordingly.”

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12:14pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Does this include the Plod with the date rape 'spillage' and as most were PCSO's it is no wonder the Town is heading for the toilet so rapidly. We have the Force we deserve ...and the Council....
Does this include the Plod with the date rape 'spillage' and as most were PCSO's it is no wonder the Town is heading for the toilet so rapidly. We have the Force we deserve ...and the Council.... Valentinian
  • Score: -23

12:40pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Hove Actually says...

PCSO or Special does not equal a Police Officer.
You would never see these amateurs if it wasn't all about cost
PCSO or Special does not equal a Police Officer. You would never see these amateurs if it wasn't all about cost Hove Actually
  • Score: 1

12:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

Given that we have a local population of over 260.000, the average numbers of police on duty per shift in Brighton And Hove is 30. That is before sickness, training, secondment, court attendance etc. Which makes it about 20 per shift. Can't remember the last time I actually saw a copper walking down the road but we will have a lovely tower soon.
Given that we have a local population of over 260.000, the average numbers of police on duty per shift in Brighton And Hove is 30. That is before sickness, training, secondment, court attendance etc. Which makes it about 20 per shift. Can't remember the last time I actually saw a copper walking down the road but we will have a lovely tower soon. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 7

1:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Men attacked on Marine Parade, Brighton
21 August 2014
Two men were attacked after a night out on Sunday morning (August 17) in Brighton.
The two men and a woman left the Volks bar on Madeira Drive around 7am and one of the men, a 29-year-old from Hove, went up the steps onto Marine Parade where he was approached by a group of men.
They stole his wallet but the victim followed them to outside Terraces Bar and asked for the wallet back. They then tried to steal a ring from his hand. At this point the victim's friend, a 25-year-old man from Brighton, came to help him and was pushed over and hit on the head. He was knocked out and stuff a cut to his head.
Detective Constable Leon Howe said: "The 25-year-old man needed stitches to the cut he suffered. The suspects are described as teenagers, around 14 or 15-years-old old and black. One was believed to be wearing a hat and green trousers.
"If anyone has any information or saw what happened they are asked to contact police at 101@sussex.pnn.polic
e.uk or call 101 quoting serial 368 of 17/08. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Men attacked on Marine Parade, Brighton 21 August 2014 Two men were attacked after a night out on Sunday morning (August 17) in Brighton. The two men and a woman left the Volks bar on Madeira Drive around 7am and one of the men, a 29-year-old from Hove, went up the steps onto Marine Parade where he was approached by a group of men. They stole his wallet but the victim followed them to outside Terraces Bar and asked for the wallet back. They then tried to steal a ring from his hand. At this point the victim's friend, a 25-year-old man from Brighton, came to help him and was pushed over and hit on the head. He was knocked out and stuff a cut to his head. Detective Constable Leon Howe said: "The 25-year-old man needed stitches to the cut he suffered. The suspects are described as teenagers, around 14 or 15-years-old old and black. One was believed to be wearing a hat and green trousers. "If anyone has any information or saw what happened they are asked to contact police at 101@sussex.pnn.polic e.uk or call 101 quoting serial 368 of 17/08. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111." Valentinian
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6:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

L bailey says...

Police used to have respect. No longer they are useless.
Police used to have respect. No longer they are useless. L bailey
  • Score: 0

9:05pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Watchdog50 says...

L bailey wrote:
Police used to have respect. No longer they are useless.
L Bailey, I don't know what you do but if YOUR workforce was slashed yet your workload continued to increase, people would probably call you useless too. In some sense, I have to agree with your comment but the reason that the police MAY have lost the respect of the public and MAY be seen as usel...ahem...ineffi
cient, is nothing to do with the few officers left on the frontline and probably has more to do with poor leadership and political interference.
[quote][p][bold]L bailey[/bold] wrote: Police used to have respect. No longer they are useless.[/p][/quote]L Bailey, I don't know what you do but if YOUR workforce was slashed yet your workload continued to increase, people would probably call you useless too. In some sense, I have to agree with your comment but the reason that the police MAY have lost the respect of the public and MAY be seen as usel...ahem...ineffi cient, is nothing to do with the few officers left on the frontline and probably has more to do with poor leadership and political interference. Watchdog50
  • Score: 0
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