Conservatives breaking police officer numbers promise for Sussex

The Conservative Government is failing to deliver their promised 429 more police officers for Sussex.


Analysis of Home Office statistics by the Liberal Democrats has shown that Sussex’s officer numbers rose by only 38 in the last year.

A total of 134 extra officers have been recruited by Sussex Police under the Government’s campaign that started in September 2019.

Sussex Police has so far recruited just 5 more officers per month under the scheme. To meet the Conservatives' own target of 429 by March 2023, that rate would have to increase to 20 per month over the next 15 months.

West Sussex County and Chichester District Liberal Democrats have slammed the government for failing to keep their promise to communities, adding that there needs to be a return to full and proper community policing. 

Responding to the figures, Dr. Kate O’Kelly, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for West Sussex (Midhurst division), said:

Crime in the rural areas is a significant issue – I have been a victim of crime several times over recent years having bikes stolen from home and my car.  Each time the case was closed within 24 hours – no investigation done – the police are currently unable to prioritise this work”

“People in our area are being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative Government. With so many local crimes going unsolved, we desperately need more police on our streets and in our communities. 

“Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people.”

“The Conservatives’ pledge to boost police officer numbers looks set to become yet another of their broken promises. They are letting down victims of crime and our communities right across our area.”   


Dr. Kate O’Kelly is a West Sussex County Councillor (Midhurst) and a Chichester District Councillor (Harting)

Kate has lived in South Harting for 25 years. For the last five years she has worked as an old age Psychiatrist specialising in dementia. Prior to that she worked as a GP.

Contact: [email protected] or 07979 522299


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