More than 100 Rotarians heard Katy Bourne outline the changing role of policing in Sussex at a lively meeting in Chichester.
Members of Chichester Harbour, Priory and Arundel Rotary Clubs and their guests turned out at Chichester Park Hotel on Wednesday, November 30.
Mrs Bourne, the Sussex Police and crime commissioner, highlighted cyber crime, or the ‘dark web’, as an area of major concern, particularly the combatting of historical child abuse.
This, at a time of a shrinking finance, took one-eighth of the police budget, she said.
Mrs Bourne said terrorist activity was also on the increase, necessitating armed response, to which end a regional response hub was being established at Gatwick.
Sussex, a popular area for retirees, was proving a magnet for burglary and Mrs Bourne stressed the value of restorative justice, with offenders and victims meeting following a crime. She called it ‘massively powerful’ in preventing re-offending.