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Adur & Worthing Councils' watchdog to quiz police chiefs

Released: Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Police chiefs will be grilled on operational issues by Adur & Worthing Councils' watchdog at its next meeting - and the public are invited to have their say.

Following concerns around response times and antisocial behaviour, Adur & Worthing Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) requested Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and the local district commander answer questions on a range of topics.

Despite Ms Bourne now being unavailable due to other commitments, Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell, Adur & Worthing District Police Commander, will take questions from the panel of councillors.

Members of the public are invited to submit their questions by Tuesday (13th February 2018) ahead of the open meeting on 15th February 2018, which will take place from 6:30pm in the Gordon Room of Worthing Town Hall.

Councillor Stephen Chipp, Adur District Council's joint chairman of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said:

“Local policing is an area of concern for all of our communities.”

“While we are disappointed Ms Bourne can no longer attend, we want to thank Chief Inspector Ockwell for being available and hope he can shed some light on some of the major concerns that councillors and members of the public have on this issue.”

Councillor Roy Barraclough, Worthing Borough Council's joint chairman of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said:

“Although not a decision making body, JOSC is the watchdog of Adur & Worthing. It has enormous potential to influence and inform decisions made by both the Councils and organisations connected with the areas.”

“I hope as many members of the public as possible can attend this session and help us find answers to concerns over this crucial area of public service.”

JOSC made the request to examine local policing after a number of concerns raised by local councillors. These include:

To submit a question, members of the public are asked to email democratic.services@adur-worthing.gov.uk by 6:30pm on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

For full details on the meeting see:

(PR18-025)

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