Commenting on her afternoon with residents from the Wick Estate on Wednesday (19 February) Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I was delighted to meet members of the local community who really benefit from this wonderful project.“The Café Bus is run by the community for the community. It brings local residents together, helping reduce loneliness, increasing interaction and thus improving their quality of life.“I had a wonderful chat with Sheila, a lovely lady in her late 70s, who was a former nurse. Sheila was telling me how important the Little Café Bus project is as a way for her to get out and meet people and break the loneliness. Likewise, I heard a similar story from Roland a former Plant Virologist, who recently lost his wife and also enjoys the social side of the project. It was great to meet Mary-Anne who was there with her 12-year-old granddaughter, Abby.
Following the publication of the Mental Health Concordat, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne says she would like a greater role on local health and wellbeing boards in order to ensure that the correct people pick up responsibility for duty of care.The Concordat, which has been signed by the Police & Crime Commissioner Mental Health Working Group on behalf of all PCCs, sets out how statutory organisations like the Police, NHS Trust and local authorities can work together in order to deliver a high quality response, help and ongoing support.Commenting on the new agreement Mrs Bourne said: “Mental Health issues affect a large number of people across all sections of society. Many of those who live with this debilitating illness are also disproportionately more likely to be victims of crime.
This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will be held at 2pm on Friday 21 February and webcast live online. It will be the first time Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, holds temporary Chief Constable, Giles York, to account for the Force’s performance since former Chief Constable, Martin Richards’ retirement from the Force earlier this month.Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “Items on the agenda this month will include Sussex Police’s response to the severe weather and flooding, vehicle crime in Brighton & Hove, the Force’s approach to handling complaints, and an update on the police precept (the amount residents pay for policing in their Council Tax).”
Have you ever shared a video, photo or comment online? Do you always think before you share? During a live broadcast on Safer Internet Day, 11 February, young people will be asked to think about the risks of sharing videos, photos and personal details when they’re online, which they might not in the real world.Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will join the live audience during the debate
Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is, and will remain, a high priority for Katy Bourne.“Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a hugely complex area and although there have been no reports of it in Sussex since 2007 intelligence suggests that this very harmful and illegal practice exists.“There is no cultural, medical or other reason that can ever justify a practice that causes so much pain and suffering and in my opinion is tantamount to child abuse. This is why I am working with Sussex Police and partners, including the local authorities, to develop a strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and FGM will be a prominent strand within this.
The Sussex Youth Commission for Policing & Crime got off to a strong start at its first meeting on Saturday (1 February). The 24 members, aged 14-25, who successfully applied to join the Youth Commission represent a wide range of backgrounds from across the county.
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne is one of three Police & Crime Commissioners on the Board of the College of Policing.As a director on the Board of the College of Policing I am pleased to be able to play a part in overseeing its work in shaping the training and development of the police service for the future.During its first year – and in mine as an elected PCC – the College of Policing Board has tackled a number of challenging topics, not least the issue of police integrity. I welcomed the recent consultation on the College’s first Code of Ethics for policing, which will raise the bar for standards in the police in England and Wales.
The final cost of the policing operation at the test drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex has been released today (Tuesday 21 January 2014) by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.The final overall cost, including standard police salaries, stands at £3.985 million.Mrs Bourne has submitted an application to Home Office officials to recover the cost of the policing operation: “I firmly believe that local taxpayers have a right to know the final cost of this policing operation and it has been a detailed financial process to collate the costs incurred accurately.“The additional, unforeseen cost of policing this operation has put pressure on the police budget at a time when considerable savings are being delivered in Sussex.”
A successful joint bid for Government funding made by Surrey and Sussex Police is set to improve public-facing online services across the two police force areas.The Home Office has awarded Surrey & Sussex Police two years funding, worth over £300,000, from the Government’s Innovation Fund. This money will be spent on the collaborative development of online public self-services, such as applications for reporting crimes and incidents.Welcoming the news, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted that the Home Office has approved this innovative approach to working together, which will provide improved services to the public and represent value for money.”
On Friday 17 January police officers and partners who work with victims of domestic abuse in East Sussex were given a unique opportunity to sit down with the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May, and discuss their joint work to improve services for victims.Commenting on the visit, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “It is not every day that officers and key partners working with victims of domestic abuse have an opportunity to sit down with the Home Secretary and share with her some of the challenges they face.