This week is National Volunteers’ Week and Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne has praised the dedicated work of the 70+ strong volunteers who visit custody centres across the county to observe and report on the conditions they find and to check on the welfare of detainees.Mrs Bourne said: “The role of the Independent Custody Visitor is becoming more important, with volunteers in the front line of the public holding the police to account.“Trust in our police is essential and I am committed to keeping standards high in Sussex. People need to feel confident in their police force. They need to be assured that the police act with integrity and impartiality, that people are treated fairly, professionally and according to their needs. Independent Custody Visitors have an important role in getting this message out to the wider community.“I really appreciate the dedication with which ICVs do their job, giving up evenings and weekends to go into police custody centres in order to check on the welfare of detainees, providing independent oversight of what is happening behind closed doors to people when they are at their most vulnerable.
PCC signs up to new partnership agreement between Sussex Police and Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation
Sussex Police and the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Federation have reaffirmed their partnership through a new Service Level Agreement (SLA).Sussex NHW Federation chair John Wright MBE met with Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith on Friday, 30 May to formally reaffirm the levels of service expected by all parties.Commenting on the new partnership arrangements Mrs Bourne said: “The Sussex NHW Federation is an excellent example of how volunteering is playing an integral role in supporting the police to keep our local communities safe.“I am pleased to sign these agreements as a mark of my commitment to encourage the development of volunteering throughout Sussex and to ensure that our volunteers are recognised and valued for the vital contribution they make.“I’d like to thank the Sussex NHW Federation and its members for their dedication and to ask anyone with the time and drive to make a difference in their community to get involved in volunteering.”
PCC praises Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams win for Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams are to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “These teams of community-spirited volunteers were the first of their kind in the country and continue to support the police during times of need and increased demand.“I am delighted that the valuable contribution these volunteer searchers make has been recognised with this prestigious award and I would like to thank them all for their continued support in helping to keep Sussex safe.”
Sussex Police is recruiting people to become special constables – one of the most interesting ways you can volunteer your time to serve your local community.In Sussex, over 400 people currently spend a minimum of four hours a week as volunteer police officers serving the local community. Special constables have the same powers and much of the same training as full-time officers. Playing a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams, these officers can also train to undertake specialist roles, responding to 999 calls and working in the Road Policing Unit.
Chief Inspector Warren Franklin will be crossing the Atlantic today (30 May) where he will join colleagues from the University of Brighton to look at best practice in four Canadian universities that work closely with their local police teams.Commenting on the trip, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see how other university safety teams are working alongside their local police.“I am really pleased to see Sussex Police and the University of Brighton taking this innovative approach and researching best practice not only in the UK but as far afield as in Canada.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne is pleased that a recent report from the College of Policing has shown that Sussex Police officers are now fitter than the average officer in England and Wales.Mrs Bourne said: “This is great news as Sussex residents can be confident that they have a committed police service delivered by officers who are, quite literally, fit for purpose.“Policing our communities can be physically demanding and I welcomed the interim guidance in September last year from the College of Policing on how forces can carry out police fitness tests.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne will serve on a select group with people chosen by the Home Secretary to help set the direction for lasting improvement in tackling domestic abuse.The National Oversight Group has been established following Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) report in March which set out recommendations on how the police should be responding to domestic abuse. The report highlighted that police forces throughout England and Wales are still failing victims of domestic abuse despite increased efforts to improve their policing response.
PCC opens police constable recruitment
At 10am on Monday (19 May) Sussex Police will be inviting people to apply for up to 120 Police Constables posts.A huge variety of roles are carried out by Police Constables and it is an incredibly challenging and rewarding job. Sussex Police is seeking dedicated, positive and empathetic people to fill up to Constable positions with the Force in 2015/16.
This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Friday 16 May between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and temporary Chief Constable, Giles York. The meeting, which will be webcast live from 1-3pm, will see the Commissioner question Mr York on police...
The Sussex Youth Commission is a scheme being piloted by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, which is giving young people across the county a chance to have a voice on policing & crime.Mrs Bourne recently joined Youth Commission member, Joseph Skinner, and Sixth Form students at Bishop Luffa School, Chichester to discuss policing issues with them.This workshop focused on the relationship between young people and the Police – finding out and understanding students’ perceptions and experiences of their interactions with the police and discussing practical solutions for improving engagement.