From Steve Parry via Withdean LAT-
The following petition was published on the Council Website on the 13th August. It is simultaneously being sent to all LATS, groups concerned with community safety, and the local media as well as being posted on the St James’ Street and Kemp Town Community Facebook page. Local people are urged to support and share as widely 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.
I can add nothing of further value other than to say that unless our City Council is willing to demand that local citizens have a right (and responsibility) to hold their Police Force accountable and explicitly state what are the Community’s priorities we cannot describe our society as just and civilised.