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The role of Sussex Police in a major incident like the recent Shoreham air crash, tackling the use of psychoactive substances and responding to burglary dwellings are just a few of the topics that Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will raise with Chief Constable, Giles York at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).WHEN: Friday 18 September, 1-3pmWHERE: Watch live online or catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne and members of her office will be attending the Laughton Country Show, this weekend. Residents are invited to share their thoughts on how safe they feel in their community and the priorities they would like to see the police focus on.
“My first thoughts are for the families and friends of the victims of the Shoreham air crash and how they must be feeling having heard these allegations.“I also share the dismay expressed to me by police officers about the unnecessary distress this had added to those affected by this terrible tragedy and those involved in the recovery.”
The application window for the Police & Crime Commissioner’s (PCC’s) Safer in Sussex Funding is now open and includes an enhanced funding pot that will allow voluntary organisations to apply for grants up to £40,000.The previous funding round back in May/June saw 16 local organisations that help victims of crime and improve community safety, receive funding totalling almost £95,000.
“Those were the words that came to mind as I approached the site of Saturday’s tragic air crash on the A27 at Shoreham. There were none of the usual smiles from the police officers who passed me, just grim-faced nods of acknowledgement as they continued their meticulous and painstaking search for evidence. I have already spoken of the professionalism shown by members of the emergency services I have encountered since Saturday’s events; of their calmness and compassion in the face of such devastation. I know I couldn’t do their job and I am extremely thankful for their dedication and courage.”
“The tragic events at Shoreham Air Show have touched each and every one of us and will, no doubt, continue to do so as more details emerge of those who have been caught up in this terrible incident.“My thoughts and prayers remain with all those who have been affected; especially the families we know that have lost loved ones and those who remain unaccounted for.”
The Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and Thames Valley are seeking legally qualified civilian chairs to preside over police misconduct hearings across the five police force areas.
A new scheme is being launched this month involving horse riders volunteering to help fight rural crime.The Sussex Equine Rangers partnership seeks to promote collaboration between Sussex Police and local riders to tackle crime in the countryside and anti-social behaviour.
Members of the Sussex Youth Commission ran an interactive workshop with 60 young people from across Sussex to discuss their relationships with the police. The group from the National Citizenship Service (NCS) had diverse discussions with some appreciating the role of the police, thinking they do their best at a difficult job, to those of the opinion that the police deal with things disproportionately.
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