PCC video supports Gatwick FGM workshop
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne has lent her support to officers at Gatwick to help raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).A workshop was held on Wednesday (27 August) aimed at those working in and around the airport to help identify potential victims of FGM which is mostly performed on young girls, predominantly from African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities.Mrs Bourne said: “I am fully supportive of the work that is going on at Gatwick to improve the UK’s domestic response to this barbaric practice.
Eleven more local organisations have been awarded grants from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.The latest projects to have received funding include Southern Domestic Abuse Service, Rother Neighbourhood Watch and Hastings Street Pastors, among others.Since the Community Fund launched in December 2013 over 100 applications have been submitted and more than £400,000 made available by PCC Katy Bourne to support local crime reduction and community safety initiatives.
Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has spoken about the “deep, personal impact [burglary has] on victims” as Sussex Police announce that residents living near burglary victims are to be visited by police to help them avoid becoming a target.From August, officers and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers across the county will visit people living close to the scenes of break-ins within days of the crime to warn them about what has happened, show them how they can make sure their home is secure and gather information that could help catch offenders.
The 2014 Brighton and Hove 999 funday is approaching once again this weekend.Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne, will be at the event as part of her ‘Talk Sussex’ engagement programme which is an opportunity for residents to have their say in local policing and crime priorities.
It is the second time that Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has attended Pride in her role as PCC and says that this year’s event was a particularly enjoyable one.Commenting on the day of celebrations, Mrs Bourne said: “The good humoured crowds appeared to be bigger than ever but the atmosphere remained carnival-like and I was delighted to be part of this.“Before the Pride Parade left Madeira Drive, I did a walkabout with my Surrey colleague, Kevin Hurley, who had never been to a Pride event before. Mr Hurley thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of the day and appreciated all the hard work that goes into it.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will join other guests at the Pride Community Parade on Madeira Drive this Saturday (2 August).Commenting on being part of the 2014 celebrations, Mrs Bourne said: “This is my second year attending Pride in my role as PCC and I’m looking forward to joining colleagues and getting to meet some of the participants who help make it such a fun day.
PCC joins the battle against burglars
The PCC is supporting a call to residents, who are being urged by Sussex Police to join the battle against burglars by logging their valuables on a national website.Immobilise is the world’s largest property register and allows police and the public to work together to make stolen items too hot to handle.Residents can enter the details of their possessions on the free website and report when they have been stolen.Police officers not just in Sussex but around the UK can then check the details of items that they find or seize against the database.
The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a public consultation today (Monday 28 July) inviting residents to have their say on how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) are dealt with. Mrs Bourne is seeking the opinions of residents and partners on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of local people and businesses.The consultation will close at midnight on 30 September 2014. A survey can be completed online atwww.sussex-pcc.gov.uk, which gives respondents a list of options to consider as well as space for further suggestions.
An HMIC Inspection Report, published on Tuesday (22 July) has shown that Sussex Police is on track to achieve its required savings by; has plans in place to deliver future savings up to 2016; has been successfully collaborating with Surrey Police; maintained visible policing and reduced overall crime.Commenting on the findings of the report, Mrs Bourne said: “I welcome this HMIC report, which has identified good practice in Sussex Police for meeting the required financial savings to safeguard frontline policing and keep the people of Sussex safe.
PCC joins government discussion on improving the UK’s response to FGM and forced marriage
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will be participating in a high-level roundtable discussion today (22 July) in London about FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and forced marriage.The event, organised by the GIRL Summit 2014, will be co-hosted by the government and UNICEF and includes a video address by the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. Where appropriate, each high level roundtable discussion will be led by a minister and will have input from heads of key partner organisations such as the World Health Organisation, NSPCC and various front line professionals as well as those directly affected by FGM and forced marriage.