The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a public consultation today (Monday 28 July) inviting residents to have their say on how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) are dealt with. Mrs Bourne is seeking the opinions of residents and partners on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of local people and businesses.The consultation will close at midnight on 30 September 2014. A survey can be completed online atwww.sussex-pcc.gov.uk, which gives respondents a list of options to consider as well as space for further suggestions.
An HMIC Inspection Report, published on Tuesday (22 July) has shown that Sussex Police is on track to achieve its required savings by; has plans in place to deliver future savings up to 2016; has been successfully collaborating with Surrey Police; maintained visible policing and reduced overall crime.Commenting on the findings of the report, Mrs Bourne said: “I welcome this HMIC report, which has identified good practice in Sussex Police for meeting the required financial savings to safeguard frontline policing and keep the people of Sussex safe.
PCC joins government discussion on improving the UK’s response to FGM and forced marriage
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will be participating in a high-level roundtable discussion today (22 July) in London about FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and forced marriage.The event, organised by the GIRL Summit 2014, will be co-hosted by the government and UNICEF and includes a video address by the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. Where appropriate, each high level roundtable discussion will be led by a minister and will have input from heads of key partner organisations such as the World Health Organisation, NSPCC and various front line professionals as well as those directly affected by FGM and forced marriage.
Tune in to see the PCC question the Chief Constable about the tactic of naming and shaming drink-drivers and the impact of unauthorised encampments on police resources
This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Friday 25 July between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and Deputy Chief Constable, Olivia Pinkney. The meeting is webcast live from 1-3pm.Items on the agenda for Friday’s meeting include: Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s summer drink-driving campaign and the impact of naming drivers who have been charged with drink-driving; Operation Kite, Sussex Police’s response to child sexual exploitation, what the impact is in Sussex and what steps are being taken to raise awareness; issues around unauthorised encampments, the powers that the police have and the impact on their resources and budgets; how Sussex Police is dealing with absconders from Ford open prison.
New police recruits go out on patrol
A brother and sister are among 60 new police constables and 22 new PCSOs on patrol having completed their initial training. The new recruits are bringing a host of skills to communities across the county.PCC Katy Bourne launched the recruitment campaigns last year. She said: “I know the people of Sussex want to see more visible policing in the areas in which they live and work so I am delighted to see these officers now out on patrol having completed their initial training. PCSOs and Police Constables reflect the diversity of the communities they work in and are a vital part of the neighbourhood policing model, which residents tell me they value very highly. I believe residents deserve the very best police force, which is why the recruitment and training process is so rigorous – to ensure that officers of the highest calibre are serving the people of Sussex.”
The Sussex Youth Commission, a pilot project led by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is giving young people across Sussex a strong voice on policing and crime.Project Coordinator, Jessie Stanbrook, reports: “This week we’ve been working with Albion in the Community as part of their National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. The workshops have focussed on drugs and alcohol, one of the Youth Commission’s five key priorities. The groups, aged 16 to 18, discussed what drugs and alcohol meant to them, the temptations and stereotypes, as well as what improvements can be made in the future. A strong message coming back from these workshops suggest that, whilst most young people know about substance misuse and dangers, they feel education often starts from a naïve point of view.”
PCC speaks out on Code of Ethics
Katy Bourne, has spoken out in support of the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics for officers and police staff, which has been formally laid before Parliament today (15 July).The Code sets out what the high standards of behaviour within policing looks like and includes practical examples for officers and staff to use in their everyday jobs.Mrs Bourne said: “In developing and delivering the Code of Ethics the College has worked with police industry bodies and representatives including Police & Crime Commissioners. The Code sets out the expected standards for all police officers and staff, emphasising the importance of personal integrity and professional conduct and making it clear what happens when those expectations are not met.”
PCC Supports Proud Allies Conference
The Commissioner has shown her support today (14 July) for 'Proud Allies' - a scheme for Sussex and Surrey Police employees, who may not be LGBTQ themselves but who wish to show support and promote LGBTQ equality in the workplace. A conference, taking place...
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has been successful in securing £250,000 of funding from the Home Office that will directly help and support child victims of serious sexual assault and domestic abuse.Mrs Bourne was one of 37 PCCs who have been allocated funding from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) following a rigorous evaluation process back in the Spring.
This week a cross-party consortium of three Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in the South East has published a specification inviting organisations to tender for a contract that will provide improved support to victims of crime across the region.The commissioning framework, which was developed by the Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioners, has been recognised as best practice by a further 18 PCCs – including the Mayor’s Office (MOPAC) – who have all added their names to the specification. This means one provider could operate a service for victims that stretches from Sussex to Durham.