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Amber Rudd and Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne

Police funding in Sussex could increase by up to £22.3 million in 2019-20 as a result of these changes. This would make Sussex a county with one of the highest increases in the country The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has welcomed these funding increases and will begin the biggest recruitment drive for Sussex Police officers in 10 years.

Rye MP Amber Rudd 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.

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.

Commenting, Amber Rudd said:

“I am delighted that police funding in Sussex could increase by up to £22.3 million next year.

“This is part of our balanced approach to the economy – spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling.

“We will always ensure that the police have the powers and resources needed to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

In view of the two serious incidents reported elsewhere in Rye News this week, an increased police presence will be welcome.

Image Credits: Constituency office.

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