By Steve The Red
The recently launched petition has just been signed by the 100th citizen of Brighton and Hove.
Thank you to all who have signed so far.
The petition calls upon the Council to support neighbourhood policing and to confirm its support for Local Action Teams (LATS), the voice of the community holding the police to account and determining our local community priorities.
PLEASE SUPPORT AND SHARE WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
For it to be discussed at the full Council Meeting on 22 October it requires the support of at least 1,250 local citizens.
We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to express support for ‘Neighbourhood Policing’ and to oppose decisions by the Police and Crime Commissioner, together with senior officers of the Sussex Police, to reduce the number of police officers delivering local policing.
Brighton & Hove City Council is also requested to confirm its policy on, and commitment to, Local Action Teams (LATs) as initially agreed by Cabinet on 21 May 2009.
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner has confirmed there will be 700 fewer police officers delivering local policing over the next 5 years, and a further 300 posts elsewhere in the force will go.
In particular, Sussex will lose more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). 58 (out of 347) have already left and there are another 69 to go. The police often don’t have the time to attend Local Action Team meetings and accountability to local communities is being lost.
A significant change in policy is being implemented without consultation and against the clear wishes and needs of local citizens.