What is the Sussex Elders’ Commission on Police & Crime?
The Sussex Elders’ Commission (SEC) is an opportunity for older residents to support, challenge and inform the work of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.
During 2015/16, the Elders’ Commission held their “Big Conversation” with family, friends and peers to hear older residents’ ideas and concerns about policing, crime and community safety.
The work of the Sussex Elders' Commission
During 2015/16 our 30 members have used their own networks and meetings and some simple survey tools to gather feedback which has now been analysed by the PCC’s Office and Sussex Police.
The model follows the success of the members of the Sussex Youth Commission who held 4000 conversations with young people over the past two years leading to a series of recommendations which are being currently explored with a dedicated team of Sussex Police officers.
On September 23rd, which was the half way point in the Elders’ Commission ‘Big Conversation’, members presented their findings and progress so far at the Youth Commission’s conference.
Please view the video below to find out more.
2016 final report and recommendations
Members of the SEC have now had more than 1,500 conversations about policing, crime and community safety and have formed their recommendations for the PCC’s office, Sussex Police and other organisations. A full report containing these recommendations was delivered in Parliament on 8 March 2016, and included recommendations and potential solutions to address issues such as nuisance calls and scams, financial abuse and coercion and older peoples’ fear of crime.
You can download the 2016 Elders’ Commission’s report here.
This handy infographic summarises the Commission’s conversations (please click to enlarge).
Fraud & elder exploitation
Having identified older people’s concerns throughout Sussex our Elders’ Commission have been working with Sussex Police to find out more about scams/fraud, which was the biggest priority identified in their report.
In January 2017 the Elders’ Commission, along with Neighbourhood Watch, carried out a survey of more than 3,200 people to find out more about Sussex residents’ experiences with scams/fraud. The results showed that more than nine out of 10 people believe that being older and living alone makes people more vulnerable to fraud.
The survey also found that more than half of residents knew someone who has been a victim of fraud and two-thirds of those said money had been lost.
Sadly 127 people said that more than £10,000 was taken, meaning at least £1.27m stolen from respondents’ friends or family.
Watch the video to find out more about their findings.
Following the shocking results of the survey PCC Katy Bourne held her first Listen Live summit in Brighton’ Jubilee Library on 23 March to tackle elder exploitation. Experts from banking, policing and charity came together to discuss solutions to the problem. You can watch the debate here.
Concerned about scams?
Are you concerned that you or somebody you know may have been scammed?
To see how Sussex Police is responding to this type of crime and for more information about known scams currently operating in Sussex, please click here.
You can also watch their helpful video below.
Have your say
If you are interested in helping or talking to your local Elders’ Commission member call 01273 481 561, or complete the form below.
Thank you in anticipation for your interest and support. Together, we can help older people in Sussex avoid crime and feel safer.