With people self-isolating across the county and spending more time at home confined behind closed doors, the potential for domestic abuse is likely to increase across Sussex. The message from Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is – coronavirus or not, abusers will face the consequences.
PCC statement in response to COVID-19
In response to the Government and Public Health’s recent safety guidance regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, my Chief Executive and I have made some temporary changes to the way the office is managed and in how I hold the police to account on your behalf.
PCC's response to the measures announced ahead of the publication of the Coronavirus Bill
Responding to the measures announced ahead of the publication of the Coronavirus Bill Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said: “I welcome the enhanced powers announced to strengthen the powers of police and immigration officers. These need to be used proportionately and only when absolutely necessary to do so.
“Child exploitation is happening in Sussex and is more prevelant than people may think.” This is the message from Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne on National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day (March 18th).
Government postpones PCC elections
I welcome the Government's decision to postpone the PCC elections. This will allow local authorities to focus attention on delivering services and minimises the health risks to volunteers, election officials and voters.
Monday (9 March) saw the launch of Sussex Police’s latest round of police officer recruitment. This launch focuses on recruiting for non-degree holders and runs for two weeks closing on Monday, 23 March.
The most recent HMICFRS inspection report into Sussex Police custody was published on Thursday March 5. In light of the findings, Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne visited Crawley custody with Acting Chief Inspector, Mark Evans to see improvements that have already been made. Two of her Independent Custody Visitors accompanied her to speak with detainees and report on the protocols in place to keep them safe and ensure their human rights are upheld.
New PCSO apprentice Chloe Wakeford joined Sussex Police to make a positive impact on people’s lives, so when she was alerted that a seven-year-old was missing during her second day in the job, the 25-year-old was determined to track him down.