Gillian Keegan MP spent the day with Sussex Police where she toured the constituency to see how the police are tackling rural crime. The MPs day on the beat was part of a wider national campaign called #GiveADayToPolicing where MPs spend the day with the police to better understand the work they do in their communities.
Over the day the Chichester MP shared concerns that her constituents have raised so she could see the actions being taken to tackle their issues on the ground. Gillian was also joined on the beat by other agencies such as the Environment Agency who are part of the Sussex Rural Crime Partnership that brings together different bodies who all work together to combat rural crime.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Chief Constable Sara Thornton said:
"Both police and politicians commit to act in the interest of the communities they serve. We share many of the same goals and are grappling with many of the same issues so it’s vital we work closely together. That’s why we are calling for MPs to give a day to policing in their local area this summer, meet frontline officers and be briefed on local challenges and issues.
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd MP said:
“The police do an incredibly important job protecting our communities and whenever I visit a force, I insist on meeting frontline officers to better understand the challenges they face.
“I urge my colleagues in Westminster to show their support for Give a Day to Policing and engage with their local force so they too can gain this valuable insight into this tough but vital work.”