The vital work of Sussex Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers has been recognised with a host of prestigious awards and applauded by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.Mrs Bourne, said: “I would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers who help make Sussex a safer place to live and pass on my congratulations to the Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers who have been recognised for their vital work. Whilst they do not seek or expect reward, it is especially pleasing that this dedication and commitment has been recognised at a national level.”
Get behind the scenes with Sussex Police
For 10 days this summer Sussex Police is to open its doors to give people a unique insight into how the Force works. People across the county will be invited into stations, be able to see behind the scenes during virtual tours and interact with us during live online broadcasts.‘Sussex Police People: 10 days live’ will launch on July 25, when 100 young people age 11 to 16 will get hands-on experience trying out policing for themselves.One hundred lucky competition finalists will visit the Kingstanding training site for the ‘Be the police for a day’ one-off event, where they’ll tour the underground nuclear bunker, use kit to investigate a car crash, deploy search dogs, forensically examine a crime scene and find out what it takes to be a police officer.
Young People Speak Up at #Speakeasy
Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils, in partnership with Sussex Police, Adur and Worthing Youth Councils, West Sussex County Council, the NSPCC/Childline and WORTH Services will be celebrating and promoting Article 12 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC);“When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.”On June 13th 2013, Adur and Worthing Councils with partners will be hosting their very first local youth voices ‘Speakeasy’. The ‘Speakeasy’ model has been designed to innovatively engage with young people on a range of issues and to inform and support the delivery and growth of local service provision. As well as having the chance to take part in consultation with staff and professionals at all levels of the organisations involved, this is a great opportunity to work with young people in raising their awareness of issues affecting them.
Audit of Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2013
The accounts of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable are subject to external audit. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process in relation to the inspection of the accounts and related documents.
The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s pledge to increase and encourage volunteering inSussexis being realised as Volunteers’ Week approaches (1-7 June). The Commissioner’s office manages a scheme where vetted, trained, independent volunteers visit detainees held in Sussex Police Custody. The same volunteers also make spot-check visits to the Force’s CCTV suites to ensure the correct use is being made of public space CCTV in the county. The Sussex Independent Custody Visiting Scheme was recently accredited with an Investing in Volunteers award, one of the first in the country.“I am pleased to have recently welcomed a new intake of volunteers to our Independent Custody Visiting scheme. The role these volunteers undertake is vitally important and should help the public feel reassured that there is independent oversight of detainees’ welfare and the conditions in which they are kept in police custody in Sussex. The time given up freely by our 70+ strong volunteers is not to be underestimated. In the past six months they have completed nearly a hundred custody visits and have seen 365 detainees.
Founders of Respond Academy thank the PCC
To The Police Commissioner Katy Bourne,As the founders of Respond Academy, Pablo and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you personally for the time you spent with us today Friday 19th April 2013.We know that you have an extremely busy schedule as the Police Commissioner and you took time out of your busy schedule to visit us. We felt that you really appreciated the hard work, pride and effort that our members have put into their work, that you understood our long term vision for the young people in our community. It was enlightening to hear about your own musical, arts knowledge in regards to young people.
Leighe Rogers, a Director from Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust (SSPT) has been seconded to the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, to assist with a new drive to increase the opportunities to reduce reoffending through targeted investment.Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, said: “As PCC I am uniquely placed to lead a joined up approach to tackling crime in the county. I will be working closely with SSPT to identify areas of success and to look for improvements where they are needed in order to reduce re-offending, prevent crime and improve public confidence.“I am supportive of the proposals that were recently set out within the Offender Rehabilitation Bill, which allow for greater freedom and discretion for those professionals who work with offenders to deliver innovative and effective interventions to tackle re-offending. I look forward to seeing what elements of this Bill are translated in statute and how we can successfully progress them in Sussex.
Katy Bourne has joined other member organisations of the East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP) in agreeing to work and act together to honour the Armed Forces Community Covenant.The ESSP has signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant – a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and serving and retired members of the armed forces and their families.Representatives from the armed forces, military charities and the ESSP met today (May 14 2013) to sign the covenant in a ceremony at County Hall, in Lewes.
PCC’s election pledge realised as new driving offence is introduced to Crime & Courts Bill
Katy Bourne, has welcomed new measures that have come into force via the Crime and Courts Act to target people who drive while under the influence of drugs.The offence, introduced to the Crime and Courts Bill, which achieved Royal Assent last week, was one of the priorities in Mrs Bourne’s campaign manifesto.Commenting on the changes to the legislation, Katy Bourne said: “During my election campaign I pledged to lobby Government to make driving under the influence of drugs as equally unacceptable as drink driving.“Residents have told me that road safety is their main concern and I am determined to tackle this problem during my term in office.”