Local Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Katy Bourne has pledged to
make cutting red tape a top priority if elected in November. One of Katy’s first acts in office
will be to launch a full audit of police bureaucracy in Sussex to find and root out the red tape
which stops our police officers doing their jobs.
Commenting Katy said:
We need our police officers to be crime fighters, not form fillers. There is too much red
tape tying up our PCs and Sergeants and preventing them from being the visible policing
presence which I know people in Sussex want them to be.
As a case goes through the Criminal Justice System there can be an unbelievable amount
of paperwork – it often takes 70 forms to be completed to deal with a simple burglary.
That’s why I will make cutting the red tape a top priority if elected. The Government is doing
good things from the top, making changes to free up police time. But we also need a strong
local figure here in Sussex who can put Sussex Police under the magnifying glass and see
what is getting in the way of good policing. That is what I will do.
Home Secretary Theresa May MP said:
We’ve made changes that, if fully implemented by every force in England and Wales, could
save up to 4.5 million police hours every year. That’s the equivalent of getting over 2,100
police officers away from paperwork and back on the street.