VIDEO: Sussex Police chiefs answer questions over £57m cuts

SUSSEX Police chiefs were put through their paces at a special public meeting in Chichester on Wednesday night, held in collaboration with the Observer series.

Sussex Police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne was at the Assembly Room, North Street, along with chief constable Giles York and the new divisional commander chief superintendent Steve Witton to answer local residents’ questions.

Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne and Chief Constable Giles York

Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne and Chief Constable Giles York

The meeting was chaired by Observer editor in chief Gary Shipton and the main topic on the agenda for a packed audience was proposed budget cuts of £56m to the force over the next five years.

The cuts will see up to 1,000 jobs axed in a gradual process, and at the meeting, police bosses outlined how some of the savings will be made.

Mrs Bourne said: “I supported the programme of austerity that the Government administered because at the end of the day, we are in terrible debt as a country and we have to do something about it.

“I am not prepared to leave my sons, and potential grandchildren with those crippling debts so we have to do something about it.”

Among the wide range of subjects covered included the issues of cyber crime, measures to reduce child sexual exploitation and the problem of radicalisation of schoolchildren nationally and here in West Sussex.

To watch a video from the night click play above.