Special Constable Martin Hovenden, awarded an MBE for 31 years of voluntary service to Sussex police received his award from Her Majesty the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (February 13).Martin, who also works full-time as a public enquiry supervisor at Hastings police station, joined the force as a special constable in Rye in September 1981. Since that time he has put in well over 20,000 hours performing his role. In addition to this, he worked with police cadets for ten years and is regularly cited as an inspiration to young people who choose policing as a career.On receiving his award Martin said: “It was a momentous day and I was very proud and privileged to be presented my MBE by the Queen. I felt honoured to have been selected to receive such a prestigious award for a job I enjoy doing.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is standing by her decision to appoint Steve Waight as her Deputy despite advice from the Police & Crime Panel stating that it does not recommend him for the role.Commenting on the conclusions by the Panel, Commissioner Bourne said: “I am grateful for the considerations of the Panel regarding my proposed appointment.“I have now carefully considered their points and have decided to formally appoint Mr Steve Waight as Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.“I am confident that his proven ability and experience will enable him to fulfil the role to the high standard required for the people of Sussex. He has a proven track record at a senior level in police governance, public sector finance and working with local people and communities. Furthermore, I am confident that his public duties as a Councillor will enhance his role.”
PCC joins Sussex search exercise in Arundel
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, joined over 70 volunteers from the three Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams and others from Sussex Search & Rescue (SusSAR) and ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex for a live search exercise organised by Sussex Police in Arundel on Saturday (9 February).The searchers were briefed by PS Russ Phillips, a Police Search Advisor, on the tasks which the volunteers were asked to assist with. Commissioner Bourne joined the Neighbourhood Watch North Sussex Search Team (NSST) led by Chairman Derek Pratt as they conducted a series of systematic line searches, making sure that each piece of land was efficiently covered.
Some people may look forward to spending Valentines Day with their loved ones – exchanging special gifts and perhaps a romantic meal. For others in relationships, it may highlight that all is not well.In the latest stage of the force’s ‘Talk To Us, We Can Help’ campaign, which is focusing on encouraging people to report incidents of domestic abuse, Sussex Police are keen to hear from young people of both sexes who are experiencing such abuse.At present most calls for help over domestic abuse do not come from teenagers, but police and partners believe that they can still face problems in their relationships and are seeking to bring this issue more into the open. It may that today’s teenagers don’t realise that domestic abuse can include intimidating and controlling behaviour, over which they are less likely to approach adults for help.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, speaks to John Rowntree who volunteers as an Independent Custody Visitor....
Sussex PCC proposes Deputy appointment
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has announced her intention to appoint Steve Waight as a full-time Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.Commenting on the proposed appointment Commissioner Bourne said: “When I was elected I chose to get on and do the job before making any decisions about appointing a potential Deputy.“It is now 10 weeks since the election and during that time there has been a lot of discussion nationally about Police & Crime Commissioners and new appointments to their teams.“Sussex is a large area and there are many calls on my time. I am convinced the support of a Deputy is absolutely necessary to help ensure I can do the best job possible for residents during my time in office.”
If you live in the Crawley, Hastings or Brighton area why not get involved as a volunteer for the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner?The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is looking for volunteers for its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme (ICV). The scheme is supported by the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA), a voluntary organisation that promotes and supports the effective provision of custody visiting nationally. Specially selected, trained and vetted volunteers visit detainees in custody cells across Sussex and check on their health and wellbeing, the conditions in which they are kept and the facilities offered to them.
Join Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne for a Live Chat on Facebook next Friday 25 January, 12.00 - 13.30. Post your questions for the Commissioner on the event wall and she will answer as many as she can next Friday. Visitwww.facebook.com/SussexPCC, and join the discussion....
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is inviting residents to meet with her and have their say on the policing and crime issues that matter most to them.The Commissioner will be joining the police and partners at a series of local meetings being held across the county. Dates, times, and locations of upcoming meetings can be found at: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/events/. This page will continue to be updated as further meetings are confirmed.
The newly-formed Sussex Police & Crime Panel will meet this Friday (January 11) to begin one of the major tasks it was set up to carry out. It will review the draft Police & Crime Plan drawn up by the Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.One key element of the plan is the precept – the amount the Commissioner wants to raise from council tax – for the coming financial year. The draft plan proposes no change, leaving the precept the same as last year at £138.42 for a Band D property. The Police & Crime Panel is being asked to agree the precept, although it is not required to approve the budget.