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.”
Representatives from the county’s Youth Council and Cabinets will step into the shoes of Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, this Friday (22 November) when they will take part in Takeover Day, a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England, and ‘be the PCC’ for the day.Takeover Day 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. Four young people representing East and West Sussex Youth Cabinets and Brighton & Hove Youth Council will join the Commissioner to find out more about how she is working with young people in Sussex. They will also have an opportunity to put questions directly to the Chief Constable, during a special ‘youth edition’ of the Commissioner’s monthly performance and accountability meeting, which will be webcast live from 1pm:
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The county’s Young Witness Service has received a funding boost of £45,000 from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner it was announced today (Thursday 14 November 2012).Katy Bourne has provided the grant to the Young Witness Service in Sussex, which is part of Victim Support – Surrey & Sussex Division. This funding will enable the service to continue providing much needed support to all young people – from as young as six up to 17 years old – coming to Court across Sussex as either victims of crime or witnesses to it.Commenting on the announcement, Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted to support the Young Witness Service in Sussex, which is one of only seven services of its kind in the UK, helping young people on their journey through the criminal justice system. My Police & Crime Plan reflects the priorities that local people have told me matter to them and that includes putting the needs of victims and witnesses first.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and Sussex Police have launched a survey aimed at the local business community, focusing on policing and the resources available to them. The survey provides an opportunity for business owners to have their say on the way that the police and businesses should work together in the future. Take part in the online survey: on her commitment to reducing business crime in Sussex, Mrs Bourne said: “SMEs are the backbones of our local economy and the employment and wealth that business creates is the lifeblood of Sussex communities. Business crime should never be disguised as ‘low-level’ or ‘victimless’ and we need to challenge this perception in order to influence first time offenders’ behaviour. Local shops are often located in the heart of housing estates or villages and an incident of theft or vandalism has the same impact as a crime against an individual in the area.“Partnership and prevention is the future of policing and it is vital that local organisations and the police work together to reduce business crime in order to create safe and secure business communities.”
Friday 15 November will mark one year since Katy Bourne was elected the first ever Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC).Reflecting on why she was drawn to the role Mrs Bourne, who lives in Mid Sussex with husband Kevin and two grown-up sons, said: “I saw this as a unique opportunity to represent the public’s interests in the fight against crime.“I believe everyone in Sussex has the right to feel safe on the streets and in their homes, which is why my Police & Crime Plan reflects the priorities that local people have told me matter to them; driving down crime; putting victims first increasing public confidence in the police and value for money.”
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Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will speak about Sussex Police’s approach to tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence against women and children at a Home Office event on Thursday (7 November).Commenting ahead of the conference the Commissioner said: “I was elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner on a manifesto pledge to tackle domestic abuse and this will remain one of my key priorities throughout my term in office.”
Residents are being invited to take part in a Q&A session with the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, on Friday 15 November between 12.30 and 1.30pm, which will be webcast live.Commenting ahead of the broadcast, which falls one year to the day since bring elected, Mrs Bourne said: “My first year in office has been full of challenges and achievements.“I want to offer people another way to get in touch and ask me questions; whether that’s to reflect on my first year in the job or to raise a local issue that’s important to them.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has been invited to give oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children inquiry on ‘Children and the Police’.The evidence session will be held on Tuesday 5 November from 4.30 to 6.00pm in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.The theme of the evidence session is ‘developing good relationships between children and young people and the police’ and Mrs Bourne will provide opening remarks on how she listens to and works with children and young people in Sussex, including examples of good practice used by Sussex Police and recommendations on how the police could improve engagement.
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