1 in 6 residents scammed by cyber criminals
The largest ever regional cybercrime survey has revealed that over 1 million people could have fallen victim to cybercrime in the South East in 2015. With over 11,600 responses, the survey provides the first in-depth look at residents’ experiences and perceptions of cybercrime.
The fight against child sexual exploitation (CSE) was given a boost in 2015 when Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne, allocated funding for a dedicated CSE analyst post within Sussex Police.In March 2015, 34-year-old Aimee Streeter successfully applied for the post and in thisvideoshe explains her intelligence-led role, the immediate risks and what the emerging CSE challenges are for 2016.
Restorative Justice online
Victims of crime will now have access to a ‘one stop shop’ for information about Restorative Justice (RJ) in Sussex following the announcement of new pages on theSafe: Space website.The site, funded by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne and developed by her office, provides an online directory of local specialist victim support services. It also offers information about different types of crime and what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system, helping to ‘demystify’ the process for people when they may be at their most vulnerable.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said it was “very rewarding to see the “good” rating of Sussex Police by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), and particularly pleasing that HMIC recognised the progress made on Stop and Search.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, along with Chief Constable, Giles York, met with Karen Bradley MP, Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, during her visit to Crawley on Friday (5 February).The Minister visited Crawley Police Station and Langley Green Hospital to see how Sussex Police and NHS staff are working together to help improve the experience of people detained under s136 of the Mental Health Act.
Hastings police station was officially reopened by Lord Lieutenant Peter Field on Wednesday, 3 February.The Lord Lieutenant was joined by Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne, Chief Constable Giles York, East Sussex’s Divisional Commander Temporary Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly and local VIPs from partner agencies and local government.
A national campaign reminding the public to call 101 for a police non-emergency response has been welcomed by the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne.“More than three quarters of 999 calls received by the police [nationally] are for non-emergencies”, Mrs Bourne said. “To help the police tackle crime effectively, this campaign reminds the public to call 101 to speak to the police when there isn’t a crime in progress or an immediate risk of violence or harm. It also encourages the public to remind their family and friends of the service.
Brighton Women’s Centre has secured funding from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to support a new project that is helping women offenders turn their backs on a life of crime.The organisation received a £30,000 grant from the MoJ which match-funded a a previous grant from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, (PCC) Katy Bourne.
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne thanked the Police & Crime Panel for their unanimous support of an average £5.00 police precept rise on Friday 22nd January.“I asked Panel members to consider my proposal to invest in digital forensics and in protecting vulnerable people from sexual and domestic abuse.“The Chief Constable made a business case for investment in these areas to ensure Sussex Police can more quickly analyse and retrieve digital information to speed investigations, and to better protect victims of abuse and prosecute offenders.
Have you been a victim of cyber crime?
If you’ve ever been a victim of cyber crime in Sussex please share your experiences in theSouth East cyber crime survey, which will help inform how local police forces tackle this issue and prevent those who are most vulnerable being targeted.