Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will question Chief Constable Martin Richards on local policing priorities at a meeting on Friday 20 December, which will be webcast live.Commenting ahead of the monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM), Katy Bourne said: “As PCC, it is my role to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public. The monthly PAM is an opportunity for residents to hear me challenge Mr Richards on the issues they have told me matter most to them.“One area I will be asking Mr Richards for an update on is police response times as this is something members of the public continue to raise as a concern. This has been a consistent theme during my monthly meetings with the Chief Constable and I am looking for assurances that improving call answering and response times remain a priority for Sussex Police.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is supporting a transformation of Sussex Police’s communications technology, which is set to save the Force money and continue the drive to protect frontline policing services. Sussex Police will join the South East Police Shared Network Services Agreement (SEPSNSA), which also provides Surrey Police, Hampshire Police and Thames Valley Police with a secure regional Public Services Network (PSN).Commenting on the decision to join the south east contract Mrs Bourne said: “Ensuring value for money is a key priority within my Police & Crime Plan and I am working hard to identify waste and drive out inefficiencies in order to meet the financial challenges ahead. Signing up to the SEPSNSA contract demonstrates Sussex Police’s commitment to working with neighbouring forces to find new and innovative ways to improve services, increase efficiencies and continue to reduce costs.
PCC supports voice for victims
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has welcomed the launch of a new “Victims’ Code” which has come into force across England and Wales this week: “I have pledged to improve the experiences of victims and welcome the new Code, which will ensure they are placed at the heart of the criminal justice system. The Code sets out the enhanced professional standards by which victims of the most serious crimes can expect to be treated and the appropriate levels of support they will receive.“I am pleased that victims will have their voices heard under the new Code, which will allow them to read aloud a Victim Personal Statement in court directly to offenders about the impact of their crimes. Previously judges have only been able to read these statements privately. Businesses will also have an opportunity to have their say in a written statement explaining how a crime has affected them.“I will be working closely with Sussex Police and partners to ensure all agencies understand their obligations under the Code and that victims of crime in Sussex know their rights and receive a high standard of service.”
Compassion and professionalism recognised in Brighton and Hove Divisional Awards Ceremony
Outstanding courage, quick-thinking and dedication to public service were among qualities lauded at the Brighton and Hove Divisional Awards ceremony, held by Brighton and Hove Division of Sussex Police on Thursday 5 December at the County Cricket Ground in Hove. Accolades went to police officers, staff, volunteers, partners and members of the public for the parts they have played, either individually or as teams, in making the city a safer place.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne joined young people attending Northbrook College yesterday (Thursday 5 December), showcasing their photography work in support of White Ribbon and the launch of This Is Abuse – the teenage relationship abuse campaign from the Home Office.Mrs Bourne said: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students and seeing this creative exhibition of work that has such an important message behind it.“We need to continue to educate people of all ages so that they have a clear understanding of what constitutes domestic abuse, can see the signs and feel empowered to report it to the police and partners.
Sussex PCC launches £200,000 Community Fund
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has established a new fund to support local voluntary and community groups tackle crime and improve community safety. The Fund, worth £200,000, will support local projects that address the priorities outlined in Mrs Bourne’s Police and Crime Plan.Awards of up to £5,000 will be granted for projects that meet the funding criteria following consideration by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and approval by the PCC. In exceptional circumstances the Commissioner will consider requests for funding above £5,000. Funding will be granted quarterly and the first deadline for applications is 31st March 2014.
“It is essential for all local agencies to work together in order to improve their understanding of best practice and provide better services for their communities.“The fact that this event was over-subscribed tells me how seriously this is taken by everyone working in these frontline services.“I am especially looking forward to hearing Zoe Lodrick’s presentation as she is a nationally recognised voice of authority.”
Sussex PCC launches domestic abuse campaign
On Monday (25 November), White Ribbon Day, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, helped launch the campaign aimed at encouraging all victims of domestic abuse to report incidents earlier before the abuse escalates, and at raising awareness of White Ribbon UK, an international organisation working to involve men in opposing violence and abuse against women.Currently more than 60 reports of domestic abuse are reported to Sussex Police each day. The true picture will be much higher as often the abuse goes on ‘behind closed doors’ and the reasons for not reporting are undoubtedly complicated.Commenting on this years campaign, Mrs Bourne, said: “It is very important that partners work together to identify best practice as this will ultimately deliver a better service to victims and encourage reporting of this largely hidden crime. I am particularly delighted that this year’s domestic abuse campaign has involvement from partners acrossSussex- all working together to encourage earlier reporting of this appalling crime.
WATCH LIVE: County’s young people question Chief Constable on national Takeover Day
Young people from East and West Sussex Youth Cabinets and Brighton & Hove City Youth Council will join the Commissioner at the monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting to put their questions directly to the Chief Constable. Watch live:Loading...Webcast Available Here :http://connect.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/site/player/index.php?a=119335
Sussex PCC to set up Youth Commission
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne, has announced her intention to establish a Youth Commission in Sussex, creating an effective system for consultation between young people and the PCC.The announcement coincides with Takeover Day (22 November 2013), a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England, which gives children and young people the opportunity to work alongside adults at all levels to understand how and why decisions are made and how they can influence future actions.Commenting on the announcement, Mrs Bourne said: “The Youth Commission will provide a platform for young people to support, inform and challenge me on the Police & Crime Plan. I want to ensure that young people’s views are represented when key decisions are made and that they are involved in this process.”