The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is Katy Bourne, elected on 15 November 2012.
In her role as the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Mrs Bourne has been elected by the public to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the police force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy lives in Mid Sussex with her husband and two grown-up sons.
She is a graduate of Aberystwyth University, a School Governor at Oriel High, Crawley and was a Mid Sussex District Councillor 2011-2013.
Katy has been described as a ‘serial business builder’ having had either direct ownership or indirect interests in the success of several businesses including her own leisure company which was successfully sold to her main competitor.
Following the sale in 2005, she re-invested some of the proceeds in start-up projects including a music and dance broadcasting business and a low-carbon economy financial modelling company.
Katy is a Director on the Board of the College of Policing and is also a member of their Audit & Risk Committee.
In 2015 Katy was appointed as an advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network.
Expenses: The PCC’s expenses between November 2012 and September 2013 are published below. Although the regulations permit, Katy will not be claiming any additional expenses or allowances for the remainder of her term of office.
Gifts & Hospitality: The PCC’s declarations of gifts and hospitality are published here every month.
Register of Interests: A register of the PCC’s interests can be found here.
Expenses claimed by the Chief Constable and his Chief Officers are published here.
The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
The PCC has the support of the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OSPCC), a small team of experienced officers to support them in delivering their policies.
Gifts & Hospitality: Declarations of gifts or hospitality offered to staff from the Office of the PCC can be found here.
About the PCC role
Setting the strategic direction
In consultation with the Chief Constable, the PCC has set a five year Police & Crime Plan that sets out the priorities for policing in Sussex.
As well as ensuring that the Chief Constable responds to local priorities the PCC will contribute to national policing issues as set out in the Home Secretary’s Strategic Policing Requirement.
Ensuring value for money
Together with the Chief Constable, the PCC holds a shared responsibility for providing effective financial and budget planning. In consultation with the Chief Constable they will set the budget for the forthcoming year.
The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will also hold funds to commission services including community safety initiatives, support for victims of crime, and restorative justice services, among other areas.
Being held to account
The PCC is ultimately responsible to you, the Sussex electorate, for their performance in office. However, Parliament has decided that they will be held to account during their terms of office by a Police and Crime Panel (PCP) set up in each police force area.
Working in partnership
The PCC works with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners, to deliver against the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan.
More information on the role and responsibilities of the PCC can be found on the Home Office website.