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Crime chief to address drink-driving tactics

JPCT 281113 Opening of Billingshurst Community Police Office. Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. Photo by Derek Martin ENGPPP00320131128113452

JPCT 281113 Opening of Billingshurst Community Police Office. Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. Photo by Derek Martin ENGPPP00320131128113452

The tactic of naming and shaming drink-drivers will be on the agenda when the county’s police chief meets the crime commissioner.

Chief Constable Giles York will be questioned by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne about the effectiveness of the tactic during a performance and accountability Meeting (PAM) on Friday (July 25).

Naming and shaming drivers charged with drink-driving is part of Sussex Police’s summer drink-driving campaign, known as Operation Dragonfly.

Mrs Bourne said: “I am still dismayed by the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Operation Dragonfly follows on from the Christmas Drink-Driving Campaign, which for the first time saw Sussex Police publicly name drivers charged for being over the limit.

“I know that very few people will have sympathy for those who kill or seriously injure when under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Therefore, I am keen to find out if the naming and shaming tactic that Sussex Police has adopted is actually working.”

Also on the agenda for the meeting will be Operation Kite, Sussex Police’s response to child sexual exploitation and the steps being taken to raise awareness of the issue.

The meeting will also be attended by deputy chief constable, Olivia Pinkney and will be webcast live from 1-3pm.

To watch the webcast, log on to www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core .

The conversation can also be followed on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny.

 

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