Katy Bourne has been re-elected as the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner for another term of office. She will serve for a period of three years (as opposed to the normal four-year term) following the postponement of the election, initially planned for May 2020, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The first anniversary of the introduction of the Local Resolution Team comes as a national report out today, 20 April, finds that police forces introduced new ways of working during the pandemic that could provide future benefits to policing, such as incorporating video conferencing technology in order to continue working with local safeguarding services.
Sussex Police and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner are reminding people of assistance and advice available, in addition to expert investigation, in support of National Stalking Awareness Week, 19-23 April, 'Unmasking Stalking'.
The first item on the agenda on Friday will be an update from the first week of the new guidance in place and the policing approach that Chief Constable Jo Shiner has implemented.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex pays tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the royal family at this sad time.
Find out more about the new Victims’ Code
A new Victim’s Code comes into effect today (Thursday 1 April) which will change how victims of crime are support by the police, courts and other criminal justice agencies moving forward.
“Stalking became a criminal offence in 2012 with 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men experiencing stalking at some stage in their lifetime. Worryingly, only a fraction of these cases are reported to the police and, when incidents are reported, police often look for a specific offence rather than recognising the pattern of harmful, potentially dangerous behaviour."
A ground-breaking new partnership between Sussex Police and The Co-op has already brought about the arrest of five prolific offenders, it has been announced today (Wednesday 24 March).
These objectives will be achieved through education, engagement, enforcement and engineering, and can only be done by developing effective working relationships between all parties, including Sussex Police, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Community Speed Watch, local communities and local authorities.
Sussex Police will pilot a national initiative aimed at tackling knife crime and protecting communities from serious violence.