Organised Crime and corruption in Sussex Police.

Caroline Airley made this Freedom of Information request to Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner,

This request concerns the activities of organised crime in Sussex and Brighton and Hove in particular. Information on the activities of organised crime was imparted to me by a former Police Officer in Sussex Police. He had spent all his working life in Sussex and was very knowledgeable indeed. He advised me that there are a number of people in organised crime in Brighton that are, "so big no one can touch them". That there is extensive corruption involving organised crime and Sussex Police (and other public bodies). He gave examples of this and named names.

As Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex please provide the following information in relation to this:

1) List communications with Sussex Police for each of the past 6 years which are on the subject of organised crime.

2) List contact with Sussex Police, meetings, discussions and any other form of contact, for each of the past six years where the SPCC covered the situation with organised crime in Sussex.

3) In each of the past six years which officers, or unit, in Sussex Police have specific responsibility for dealing with organised crime? How many meetings has the SPCC had with individuals dealing with organised crime? What did these meetings cover and are minutes available? Please provide these if so.

4) What steps has the SPCC taken to investigate corruption in Sussex Police where organised crime is involved, or otherwise?

5) How many investigations has the SPCC undertaken in relation to organised crime and corruption in Sussex Police?

6) What was the outcome of investigations into corruption? What action was taken in relation to individual officers?

7) Has the SPCC asked any outside force to investigate corruption in Sussex Police at any time?

8) What action has the SPCC taken to ensure all individuals in Sussex are under the Rule of Law? How is it that Sussex Police permit some members of organised crime to be, "so big no one can touch them" according to a former officer in Sussex Police?

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Airley

Graham Kane, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Ms Airley
 
Thank you for your email to the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy
Bourne, who has asked me to respond on her behalf.
 
I can confirm that your request has been received and is currently being
processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A
response will be provided to you within the statutory timescale of 20
working days from receipt of your request as defined by the Act, subject
to the information being both available and not being exempt.
 
Kind regards
 

Graham Kane Tel: 01273 482351
Head of Performance Email: [1][email address]
Web: [2]www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk
 
 
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Graham Kane, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Ms Airley
 
Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, set out below:
 
1) List communications with Sussex Police for each of the past 6 years
which are on the subject of organised crime.
2) List contact with Sussex Police, meetings, discussions and any other
form of contact, for each of the past six years where the SPCC covered the
situation with organised crime in Sussex.
3) In each of the past six years which officers, or unit, in Sussex Police
have specific responsibility for dealing with organised crime? How many
meetings has the SPCC had with individuals dealing with organised crime?
What did these meetings cover and are minutes available? Please provide
these if so.
4) What steps has the SPCC taken to investigate corruption in Sussex
Police where organised crime is involved, or otherwise?
5) How many investigations has the SPCC undertaken in relation to
organised crime and corruption in Sussex Police?
6) What was the outcome of investigations into corruption? What action was
taken in relation to individual officers?
7) Has the SPCC asked any outside force to investigate corruption in
Sussex Police at any time?
8) What action has the SPCC taken to ensure all individuals in Sussex are
under the Rule of Law? How is it that Sussex Police permit some members of
organised crime to be, "so big no one can touch them" according to a
former officer in Sussex Police?
 
I can confirm that some of the information you requested is held by the
Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC), under Section
1(1)(a) of the Act.
 
1) List communications with Sussex Police for each of the past 6 years
which are on the subject of organised crime.
2) List contact with Sussex Police, meetings, discussions and any other
form of contact, for each of the past six years where the SPCC covered the
situation with organised crime in Sussex.
 
The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) and individual members of the OSPCC
have had the following meetings and communications with Sussex Police in
relation to organised crime in the past six years:
 
26/11/2012 – PCC received a briefing from Assistant Chief Constable Olivia
Pinkney;
07/03/2013 – PCC received briefing from Detective Superintendent Stephen
Black;
18/03/2014 – Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer hosted a teleconference
regarding Serious Organised Crime;
20/03/2014 – PCC attended National Crime Agency (NCA) and Association of
Chief Police Officers (ACPO) National Cyber Crime Conference;
30/04/2014 – Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer attended meeting to
discuss Local Partnership Working on Serious and Organised Crime;
18/09/2014 – Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer attended Serious
Organised Crime Partnership Board;
11/12/2014 – Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer attended Serious
Organised Crime Partnership Board;
24/02/2015 – Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer attended Serious
Organised Crime Partnership Steering Group Meeting;
11/03/2015 – PCC hosted Sussex and Surrey Local Organised Crime Briefing
for councillors across Brighton & Hove with responsibility for community
safety;
13/03/2015 – PCC hosted Sussex and Surrey Local Organised Crime Briefing
for councillors across West Sussex with responsibility for community
safety;
18/03/2015 – PCC hosted Sussex and Surrey Local Organised Crime Briefing
for councillors across East Sussex with responsibility for community
safety;
31/03/2015 – PCC visited the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit;
21/05/2015 – Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer attended Serious
Organised Crime Partnership Steering Group Meeting;
12/10/2015 – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) Chief
Officer Strategic briefing;
21/01/2016 – Head of Performance attended Serious Organised Crime
Partnership Steering Group; and
06/09/2018 – PCC attended and gave an opening address at a Modern Slavery
Network Meeting.
 
In addition to the above, a South East Regional meeting about Organised
Crime takes place with the Chief Constable and PCC each quarter. The
agenda and minutes for these meetings are exempt from disclosure under the
Act, pursuant to the provisions of Sections 30 and 31 – investigations
and prejudice to law enforcement. 
 
In addition, the Commissioner has challenged the Chief Constable regarding
organised crime and the performance of Sussex Police in this area at her
monthly Performance & Accountability Meetings (PAMs), as follows:
 
16 December 2015 – HMICFRS – Regional Organised Crime Units;
27 January 2017 – South East Regional Organised Crime Unit;
24 March 2017 – HMICFRS: PEEL Effectiveness Report – Tackling Serious and
Organised Crime;
23 February 2018 – Prescription-Only Medicines and Organised Crime;
20 April 2018 – HMICFRS: PEEL Effectiveness Report – Tackling Serious and
Organised Crime;
18 May 2018 – Drugs in Brighton & Hove; and
19 October 2018 – County Lines – Drug Gangs.
 
Each of these PAM sessions is archived and can be viewed on the
Commissioner’s website through the following link:
[1]www.sussexpcc.gov.uk/get-involved/webcasting/
 
3) In each of the past six years which officers, or unit, in Sussex Police
have specific responsibility for dealing with organised crime? How many
meetings has the SPCC had with individuals dealing with organised crime?
What did these meetings cover and are minutes available? Please provide
these if so.
 
The Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011 established the role of
the Police & Crime Commissioner and protects the operational independence
of the police by making it clear that the Chief Constable is responsible
for all operational policing matters. The roles and responsibilities of
the Commissioner, Chief Constable and Police & Crime Panel can be viewed
in the Police & Crime Plan through the following link:
[2]https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/media/3215...
 
The Specialist Crime Command has responsibility for investigating
organised crime in Sussex and Surrey.
 
The number of meetings and the detail of what these covered is set out in
the combined answer to questions 1 and 2.
 
4) What steps has the SPCC taken to investigate corruption in Sussex
Police where organised crime is involved, or otherwise?
 
The Chief Constable is responsible for investigating complaints against
police officers and staff relating to operational and policy matters.
 
5) How many investigations has the SPCC undertaken in relation to
organised crime and corruption in Sussex Police?
 
The OSPCC has received one complaint about the alleged corruption of the
Chief Constable of Sussex Police.
 
6) What was the outcome of investigations into corruption? What action was
taken in relation to individual officers?
 
The alleged complaint was subsequently withdrawn, prior to investigation.
 
7) Has the SPCC asked any outside force to investigate corruption in
Sussex Police at any time?
 
Kent Police and Essex Police were asked to undertake a joint investigation
in respect of the alleged complaint. However, this investigation was not
required after the complaint was withdrawn.
 
8) What action has the SPCC taken to ensure all individuals in Sussex are
under the Rule of Law? How is it that Sussex Police permit some members of
organised crime to be, "so big no one can touch them" according to a
former officer in Sussex Police?
 
Mrs Bourne is determined to ensure that the policing in Sussex is
effective and responsive to the needs of victims and the public and will
hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of this operational
policing.
 
I hope this information is useful to you and thank you once again for
taking the time to contact the Commissioner.
 
If you are unhappy with the service that you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of this
decision, this should be made in writing to the Chief Executive &
Monitoring Officer. Further information can be found using the following
link: [3]www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/contact-us/how-to-make-a-complaint/
[4]http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/contact-us/...
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office for a
decision. Further information can be found using the following link:
[5]https://ico.org.uk/Global/contact_us
 
Kind regards
 

Graham Kane Tel: 01273 482351
Head of Performance Email: [6][email address]
Web: [7]www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk
 
 
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Dear Graham Kane,

Thank you for your response of 27 November 2018.

There are some issues with regard to the information you have supplied and these are as follows:

Item 1 of the FOI request.

I cannot find a specific response to this request for information. could you please supply this, or advise the reason why it has not been provided. The use of the word "communications" was intended to cover written material to Sussex Police specifically.

Item 2 of the FOI request.

This asked for details of contact the SPCC has had with Sussex Police on the subject of organised crime. The nature of contact was explained in a variety of forms. It seems to me that from the information you provided there were two occasions when the SPCC covered the subject of organised crime with Sussex Police in the past 6 years. These were on 26 November 2012 and 7 March 2013. The other information under this heading that you have given is outwith the jurisdiction of this question. You were asked solely for information on contact between SPCC and Sussex Police on the subject of organised crime and the response has material which is not required, or relevant, here.

Item 8 of the FOI Request.

This asked what action the SPCC has taken to ensure all individuals in Sussex are under the Rule of Law. The contents of your response are such that it is clear no specific action has been taken by the SPCC in relation to this.

In the circumstances, I shall be grateful for your comments and explanation on the above points.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Airley

Graham Kane, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Ms Airley
 
Thank you for your reply email.
 
I can confirm the following in respect of the additional questions you
have raised.
 
Item 1 of the FOI request. I cannot find a specific response to this
request for information. could you please supply this, or advise the
reason why it has not been provided. The use of the word "communications"
was intended to cover written material to Sussex Police specifically.
 
A decision was taken by the OSPCC to respond to items 1 and 2 together
because the information requested was very similar.
 
There has been no written communication between the PCC and Sussex Police
on the subject of organised crime in each of the past six years.
 
Item 2 of the FOI request. This asked for details of contact the SPCC has
had with Sussex Police on the subject of organised crime. The nature of 
contact was explained in a variety of forms. It seems to me that from the
information you provided there were two occasions when the SPCC covered
the subject of organised crime with Sussex Police in the past 6 years.
These were on 26 November 2012 and 7 March 2013. The other information
under this heading that you have given is outwith the jurisdiction of this
question. You were asked solely for information on contact between SPCC
and Sussex Police on the subject of organised crime and the response has
material which is not required, or relevant, here.
 
I note your observations in respect of item 2. The contact the PCC has had
with Sussex Police on the subject of organised crime in each of the past
six years was set out in the response. This included a list of all of the
meetings, discussions and other forms of contact stipulated in your
original request.
 
In the spirit of transparency, additional information was included about
the contact the Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer and other officers
within the OSPCC had had on the subject of organised crime.
 
Item 8 of the FOI Request. This asked what action the SPCC has taken to
ensure all individuals in Sussex are under the Rule of Law. The contents
of your response are such that it is clear no specific action has been
taken by the SPCC in relation to this.
 
Again, I note your observations in respect of item 8.
 
I would reiterate that the Chief Constable is responsible for keeping the
communities of Sussex safe and secure.
 
The Act protects the operational independence of the police by making it
clear that the Chief Constable retains direction and control of the
force’s officers and staff. The Chief Constable is accountable in law for
the exercise of police powers, and to the Commissioner for the delivery of
efficient and effective policing, and management of resources and
expenditure by the police force.
 
The Commissioner continues to hold the Chief Constable to account for the
delivery of this operational  policing.
 
The OSPCC considers that this request for information has been met in
full.
 
Many thanks and kind regards
 

Graham Kane Tel: 01273 482351
Head of Performance Email: [1][email address]
Web: [2]www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk
 
 
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