Henry Smith MP has welcomed the recent announcement that funding for the police system will increase by up to £970 million next year, the biggest increase since 2010.
Police funding in Sussex could increase by up to £22.3 million in 2019-20 as a result of these changes.
“I’m pleased that police funding in Sussex could increase by up to £22.3 million next year.
“This is part of a balanced approach to the economy; spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling.
“I welcome the Government’s support for ensuring that the police have the powers and resources needed to keep our citizens and communities safe, and look forward to continued discussions with senior officers locally and with the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.”
Henry has also welcomed the Home Office’s commitment to fighting serious and organised crime, including economic crime and drug trafficking, with a £90 million investment in national, regional and local capabilities.
The Crawley MP has continued to pursue in Parliament issues concerning local policing. On 3rd December, Henry called on the Police Minister to ensure the continuation of the partnership-working with the Home Office such as that undertaken by the Sussex PCC; and on 29th November, he called on the Home Secretary to make a statement on county lines drug running.
Additionally, the settlement will again see £175 million going into the Police Transformation Fund, which includes investment for innovative new crime prevention techniques and a new national welfare service for front line officers, and £495 million for national police technology capabilities.