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Katy Bourne, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, has joined Action on Elder Abuse in urging older people and their families to learn how to spot the signs of financial abuse.
PCC Katy Bourne is to question the Chief Constable about Sussex Police’s planned budget savings of £11.3m in the coming financial year. She will also scrutinise the effectiveness of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in tackling those who commit serious and organised crime, as well as probe an increase in burglary dwelling crimes.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has today welcomed the decision by the Sussex Police and Crime Panel to accept an increase in the county’s police precept.
Commenting on the announcement that funding for victims’ services in Sussex has been protected for another year at more than £1.9m, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am really pleased that the Government has decided to sustain this important funding for victims’ services in Sussex.
Vulnerable fraud victims across Sussex will receive emotional and practical support from two new Victim Support Caseworkers funded by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. The appointments come as fraud against vulnerable victims increases nationally leaving many affected older people both emotionally and financially devastated.
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner will be closed over the bank holidays during the festive season. It will be open as normal on the intervening days: Mountitled-designnday 26 December: Bank holiday – closed Tuesday 27 December: Bank holiday – closed
Commenting on the Make Change Count campaign launched this week in Brighton and Hove to urge people to donate money to professional initiatives that help homeless people, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
PCC Katy Bourne is to ask Chief Constable Giles York whether Sussex Police has received allegations of child sexual abuse within football following the widespread publicity nationally and if the Force is doing any work to support the Football Association’s own inquiry. She will also ask how the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign Operation Dragonfly is progressing as well as Operation Ribbon to tackle domestic abuse over Christmas and the New Year.
PCC Katy Bourne welcomes new stalking protection orders which will help protect victims at the earliest possible stage.
Hospital patients in a Sussex medium secure hospital will be able to testify in magistrates courts as part of a network of ‘live link’ video connections across the county that is helping to make justice swifter and more accessible. Under the Video Enabled Justice programme, led by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, police officers and witnesses already provide evidence to court through 14 live link rooms and a new live link is now up and running in the Hellingly Centre. Police officers in Sussex spend an average 5 and a half hours at court per appearance so the new rooms save significant time.
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