Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

West Sussex Committee pledges to protect measures tackling anti-social behaviour

THE public protection watchdog of West Sussex County Council has pledge to work closely in partnership with borough and district councils to protect the wide range of initiatives they have tailored to tackle anti-social behaviour in their communities.

The promise was made following Monday’s (October 17) meeting of the County Council’s Community Services Select Committee, which backed the setting up of a Sussex-wide Shadow Police and Crime Panel.

The Shadow Panel could have up to 20 members, including representatives from all of the local authorities in West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, plus independent members. It would be a forum for advancing local thinking and could highlight how local authorities are building on the success of the wide range of current initiatives.

The setting up of the Shadow Panel was first put forward at a recent crime and disorder summit meeting attended by local authorities in Sussex. It will precede the formal Police and Crime Panel that will be set up next year to scrutinise the work of the locally elected Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable.

The Select Committee was told there is no guarantee the community safety funding held by future Police and Crime Commissioners will be made available to local Community Safety Partnerships.

The Select Committee was given detailed reports on the wide range of measures being taken by all borough and district councils to tackle anti-social behaviour in West Sussex.

Committee Chairman Pat Arculus said partnership working played a key role when it came to meeting the different challenges of confronting anti-social behaviour in the district and boroughs.

She said: “West Sussex is a large and diverse county, but we have a shared approach and there are always things we can learning from each other.”