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Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has lived up to her election promise and frozen the policing element of the Council Tax, in Sussex, for the coming financial year. This means that Taxpayers in Sussex will pay only £138.42 for a Band D property, which is the same as in the previous two years.The Commissioner said: “I am delighted to be able to deliver this freeze on the Council Tax for policing in Sussex, a promise I was elected on. Before the election I spent time modelling budgets and studying the finances that I would inherit. Despite the financial circumstances that policing, and the public sector in general, is facing Sussex Police has prepared well for the shortfall in funding and it is on this basis that I have been able to see this promise through whilst still being able to deliver an effective and efficient police force.”
Katy Bourne has demonstrated her commitment to engage positively with young people in Sussex and promote their interests by signing up to the PCC Youth Charter: http://pccyouthcharter.wordpress.com. The Charter sets out principles for good youth engagement for Police & Crime Commissioners, all of which have come from young people.The Charter has been written by a Youth Advisory Group made up of young people from the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), User Voice, Big Voice London and Kirklees Youth Council and through wider consultation with young people across England and Wales.Commenting on her promise to help shape methods of youth engagement Katy Bourne said: “By signing the Youth Charter I have pledged to consider young people’s views when making key decisions and including them in this process.”
In the 100 days since Katy Bourne was historically sworn in as the first ever Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner a lot of work has been done. The Commissioner has drafted her Police & Crime Plan to see her through her term of office, set a budget and has frozen the policing element of the Council Tax. She has also made the decision to extend the contract of the current Chief Constable, Martin Richards.Katy Bourne said of her first 100 days: “These first 100 days have been a whirlwind of activity and so much has been achieved. As well as getting to know the staff and officers of Sussex Police I have built strong relationships with a huge variety of partners from Council leaders to charities and victims groups.”
Special Constable Martin Hovenden, awarded an MBE for 31 years of voluntary service to Sussex police received his award from Her Majesty the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (February 13).Martin, who also works full-time as a public enquiry supervisor at Hastings police station, joined the force as a special constable in Rye in September 1981. Since that time he has put in well over 20,000 hours performing his role. In addition to this, he worked with police cadets for ten years and is regularly cited as an inspiration to young people who choose policing as a career.On receiving his award Martin said: “It was a momentous day and I was very proud and privileged to be presented my MBE by the Queen. I felt honoured to have been selected to receive such a prestigious award for a job I enjoy doing.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is standing by her decision to appoint Steve Waight as her Deputy despite advice from the Police & Crime Panel stating that it does not recommend him for the role.Commenting on the conclusions by the Panel, Commissioner Bourne said: “I am grateful for the considerations of the Panel regarding my proposed appointment.“I have now carefully considered their points and have decided to formally appoint Mr Steve Waight as Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.“I am confident that his proven ability and experience will enable him to fulfil the role to the high standard required for the people of Sussex. He has a proven track record at a senior level in police governance, public sector finance and working with local people and communities. Furthermore, I am confident that his public duties as a Councillor will enhance his role.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, joined over 70 volunteers from the three Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams and others from Sussex Search & Rescue (SusSAR) and ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex for a live search exercise organised by Sussex Police in Arundel on Saturday (9 February).The searchers were briefed by PS Russ Phillips, a Police Search Advisor, on the tasks which the volunteers were asked to assist with. Commissioner Bourne joined the Neighbourhood Watch North Sussex Search Team (NSST) led by Chairman Derek Pratt as they conducted a series of systematic line searches, making sure that each piece of land was efficiently covered.
Some people may look forward to spending Valentines Day with their loved ones – exchanging special gifts and perhaps a romantic meal. For others in relationships, it may highlight that all is not well.In the latest stage of the force’s ‘Talk To Us, We Can Help’ campaign, which is focusing on encouraging people to report incidents of domestic abuse, Sussex Police are keen to hear from young people of both sexes who are experiencing such abuse.At present most calls for help over domestic abuse do not come from teenagers, but police and partners believe that they can still face problems in their relationships and are seeking to bring this issue more into the open. It may that today’s teenagers don’t realise that domestic abuse can include intimidating and controlling behaviour, over which they are less likely to approach adults for help.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, speaks to John Rowntree who volunteers as an Independent Custody Visitor....
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has announced her intention to appoint Steve Waight as a full-time Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.Commenting on the proposed appointment Commissioner Bourne said: “When I was elected I chose to get on and do the job before making any decisions about appointing a potential Deputy.“It is now 10 weeks since the election and during that time there has been a lot of discussion nationally about Police & Crime Commissioners and new appointments to their teams.“Sussex is a large area and there are many calls on my time. I am convinced the support of a Deputy is absolutely necessary to help ensure I can do the best job possible for residents during my time in office.”
If you live in the Crawley, Hastings or Brighton area why not get involved as a volunteer for the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner?The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is looking for volunteers for its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme (ICV). The scheme is supported by the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA), a voluntary organisation that promotes and supports the effective provision of custody visiting nationally. Specially selected, trained and vetted volunteers visit detainees in custody cells across Sussex and check on their health and wellbeing, the conditions in which they are kept and the facilities offered to them.
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