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West Sussex County Councillor heads new Police and Crime Panel



A West Sussex County Councillor has been chosen as Chairman of the Shadow Police and Crime Panel for Sussex (PCP). Brad Watson OBE heads the panel until it becomes the Police and Crime Panel, and starts work officially in November.

The Panel includes one councillor from each of the 15 local authorities in East and West Sussex, plus two lay members. Its role will be to review the Police and Crime Plan and the budget of the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, who is to be directly elected by voters across Sussex on November 15.

“It is going to be a challenging role, but it’s one I’m looking forward to,” said Brad. “West Sussex County Council is overseeing the setting-up of the PCP, and will be operating it for the first year. Between now and November we will be spending our time on getting the working arrangements for the PCP right.”

One of the Police and Crime Panel’s first tasks will be to review the draft Police and Crime Plan which will be drawn up by the Commissioner, and ensure public accountability and transparency.

The new Commissioner will replace Sussex Police Authority, and will hold the Chief Constable to account. However he or she will have no part in day to day police operations.

All police authorities are being abolished and replaced by the directly elected Commissioners.