Sussex Police & Crime commissioner Katy Bourne has spoken out in support of the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics for officers and police staff, which has been sent to forces.The Code sets out what the high standards of behaviour within policing looks like and includes practical examples for officers and staff to use in their everyday jobs. Commenting on the Code of Ethics Mrs Bourne said: “In developing and delivering the Code of Ethics the College has worked with police industry bodies and representatives including Police & Crime Commissioners. The Code sets out the expected standards for all police officers and staff, emphasising the importance of personal integrity and professional conduct and making it clear what happens when those expectations are not met.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne has produced a short animation video to summarise the objectives in her revised Police & Crime Plan:
WATCH LIVE: PCC questions temporary Chief Constable over police response to dealing with victims of domestic abuse
Following recent national reports into how polices forces are still failing victims of domestic abuse, this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will focus on what Sussex Police is doing to improve its interaction with, and support for, victims of domestic abuse.Commenting ahead of the meeting, which will be webcast live at 1pm, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am committed to ensuring Sussex Police follows the recommendations set out in the March report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). It is clear there is more work to be done to improve Sussex Police’s response to domestic abuse and that is why I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account for performance and delivery in this area.”
Policing Minister Damian Green praised Sussex Police after it announced it will be one of the first forces to recruit officers using the new direct entry scheme.Alongside the Metropolitan Police, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Avon and Somerset and the City of London police forces, Sussex has today launched two new recruitment programmes to bring people with more diverse backgrounds and new perspectives into policing.Sussex Police will advertise a Superintendent position, which will be open to leaders from other professions and a graduate fast track programme.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has opened recruitment for the next Chief Constable to lead Sussex Police. Watch the video below to find out more about the qualities the Commissioner is looking for in the new Chief Constable.
Katy Bourne backs introduction of national fast track and direct entry recruitment programmes in Sussex
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has welcomed a new national recruitment programme launched by the College of Policing that will enable direct entry to the police at superintendent level and provide an opportunity for police constables to fast track to inspector level.Commenting on the new scheme, Mrs Bourne said: “The direct entry programme is designed to attract exceptional leaders into the police service. Fast tracking is also an effective way of promoting the very best talent from within the service into leadership roles more quickly.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has received notification from the Home Office that her application in January to recover the balance of cost incurred by the policing operation at the test drilling site in Balcombe has been successful.The Home Office has agreed to pay Sussex Police £905,000 in accordance with Home Office Special Grant rules. In addition Mrs Bourne has negotiated an agreement with the policing minister that if Sussex Police is faced with further shale gas protests in the future then all policing costs will be refunded in full.The overall cost of the operation amounted to 3.985 million.
PCC responds to HMIC report that finds police forces are still failing victims of domestic abuse
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has stated her commitment to ensuring Sussex Police follows the recommendations set out in a report published today (27 March) by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on police forces’ response to domestic abuse.Commenting on the findings of the report Mrs Bourne said: It is disappointing that police forces throughout England and Wales are still failing victims of domestic abuse despite increased efforts to improve their policing response. I therefore welcome the recommendations set out in HMIC’s report and, in particular, those specifically relating to Sussex Police.One of the recommendations is the need for better training for officers and staff. This will ensure that when officers respond to a domestic abuse incident they are supplied with as much information as possible to allow them to make a more accurate assessment of the level of risk to the victim. For example, control room staff should be able to advise if there have been previous reports of domestic abuse or if there are young children living at that address. Over the coming months I will be working with senior officers to ensure a more robust training is implemented as soon as possible.
Sussex students join the ‘Big Conversation’
Members of the Youth Commission on Police & Crime ran a workshop for students from Brighton and Sussex Universities this week [Monday 24 March] giving them an opportunity to take part in a ‘Big Conversation’ around the priorities it has set as a group. The 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.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne attended and gave her feedback on the issues and ideas raised by the group.
PCC Katy Bourne joined Derek Pratt, Deputy Chair & Secretary of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, and local volunteers, at Kingslea Primary School in Horsham today (Monday 24 March) to present certificates to pupils and congratulate members following completion of the first Junior...