SUSSEX Police will receive an additional £8 million in funding.

The move is part of a £270 million boost to forces around the country and counter-terrorism policing.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, said: “Whether it is your local forces, the national picture or counter terrorism capabilities, this is a strong settlement that ensures forces have the resources they need to keep us safe.

“Taxpayers will invest more money in forces because the work our officers do to protect us is absolutely vital, and we recognise demand is changing.

“However, my message to police forces is that this increased investment must mean we raise the pace of reform.

“For too long embracing digital and increasing productivity have been tomorrow’s policing problems – now they are today’s necessities.

“The Government is committed to meeting this challenge and we want policing to do the same.”

The move was welcomed by Katy Bourne, Sussex’s police and crime commissioner.

In response to Ms Rudd’s comments, she said: “I have been lobbying hard for the best possible funding arrangements for policing, and today’s announcement by the Home Secretary to lift the precept cap is exactly what I have been pushing for.

“I welcome the Government’s provisional grant settlement for policing which provides additional money for counter terrorism and national policing priorities, as well as transformational projects.”