The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex has admitted that the force is failing to meet response times for emergency calls in more than one in four cases.
PCC Katy Bourne says it is an "unacceptable situation" and she is working with Chief Constable Martin Richards to make improvements. Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra interviewed the PCC about the issue.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has announced her intention to appoint Steve Waight as a full-time deputy.
Mr Waight will be paid an annual salary of £45,000, his appointment subject to a confirmation hearing by the Police and Crime Panel on Thursday.
When I was elected I chose to get on and do the job before making any decisions about appointing a potential Deputy.
It is now ten weeks since the election and during that time there has been a lot of discussion nationally about Police & Crime Commissioners and new appointments to their teams.
“Sussex is a large area and there are many calls on my time. I am convinced the support of a Deputy is absolutely necessary to help ensure I can do the best job possible for residents during my time in office.
“I have inherited a small team (eight full time staff) previously employed by Sussex Police Authority who are doing a great job.
"Steve’s experience and links with the local community as former Chairman of the Police Authority and a local Councillor will be an invaluable addition to the team. He will play a vital role in supporting me in working with the police, partners and the public to ensure we are all safer in Sussex.”