Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is Katy Bourne, elected on 15 November 2012.
The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is responsible for policing and crime in its totality across the county.
Katy lives in Mid Sussex with husband Kevin 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 has recently been appointed a Director of the Board of the College of Policing.
Expenses: The PCC’s expenses between November 2012 and September 2013 are published below. Although the regulations permit, the PCC 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.
Setting the strategic direction
In consultation with the Chief Constable, the PCC will set a five year Police & Crime Plan that sets out the priorities, the budget, community safety funding and how the Chief Constable will be held to account.
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 (OSPCC) will also hold funds to commission services including community safety initiatives, youth offending services, drug intervention and rehabilitation, 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.
Complaints against the PCC
All complaints made against the PCC are referred to the Clerk to the Police and Crime Panel. The Panel publishes a quarterly report setting out details of complaints received and any action taken. The latest report is available here
Working in partnership
The PCC works with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners, to deliver against the Police and Crime Plan and increase public confidence in how crime is cut and policing is delivered.
More information on these powers can be found on the Home Office website.