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.
Following a tour of Eastbourne Custody Centre this week (9 January), Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, joined the bi-annual meeting of Eastbourne’s Independent Custody Visiting panel at Grove Road police station.The panel analysed the visiting statistics for the previous six months and heard an update from the Custody Inspector on changes in practice in custody. The Independent Custody Visiting Scheme Manager thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication in preparation for the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard for Volunteer Management accreditation, which was awarded to the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner in October 2012.
Sussex Police Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has announced that she has extended Sussex Police Chief Constable, Martin Richards, contract of employment by another year, the maximum term permissible.Commissioner Bourne said: “Following discussion and agreement with the Chief Constable, I am extremely pleased to announce that Mr Richards’ contract of employment has been extended until October 2014. This gives us almost two years to build on the professional relationship we have already established. We have had some very good discussions and I am looking forward to working with him.”
Commenting on the provisional local government finance settlement announced by the Government today (19 December 2012), Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “The provisional settlement announced today provides figures for all Police & Crime Commissioner’s formula grant for 2013-14. Average national cash reductions for police budgets are 1.6% for 2013-14.”
Sussex PCC interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live
Katy Bourne was quizzed by presenter Victoria Derbyshire in a live studio discussion today (Monday 17 December) on BBC Radio 5 Live.Together with Bedfordshire PCC, Olly Martins, and Dorset PCC, Martyn Underhill, the three Commissioners discussed how they are settling into their new roles and their policy priorities.Commissioner Bourne reinforced her commitment to tackling domestic abuse in Sussex by encouraging earlier reporting and highlighting the range of support services available to victims.
Katy Bourne, the newly elected Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, will help launch the Force’s domestic abuse campaign this Friday (14 December) morning.
Katy Bourne, the newly elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, will help launch the Force’s domestic abuse campaign this Friday (14 December) morning. Mrs Bourne will be accompanied by Chief Constable Martin Richards along with the CEO of Rise, Gail Grey, and Detective Inspector Miles Ockwell, who oversees Brighton and Hove Anti Victimisation Unit (AVU) plus a domestic abuse survivor.The aim of the campaign is to encourage earlier reporting of domestic abuse and encourage its victims to talk to police and partner agencies and not suffer in silence. Sussex Police want the crime of domestic abuse to be frowned upon as much as any other crime and for victims to be aware of the help and support that is available from both the police and partner agencies.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has joined local businesses in Brighton and Hove pledging their commitment to paying staff a fair wage.The Living Wage looks at the basic cost of living in Brighton. The minimum wage is currently £6.19, but according to the Chamber of Commerce, which is the driving force behind the local scheme, the cost of living is far higher and it is pushing for all employees to receive at least £7.20 per hour, or £14k per year.
Commissioner Katy Bourne joined staff working in witness care units at their annual conference held at Slaugham Manor this week (Wednesday 5 December).Mrs Bourne was elected Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner on a manifesto pledge to tackle domestic abuse; the theme of this year’s conference.The Commissioner will be focusing on domestic abuse as a key priority in her first year in office, with the aim of increasing reporting through greater confidence and improvements in support and care to victims.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has committed £250 from her budget towards the running costs of a new independent local action team set up to improve the St James’ Street area in Brighton.Mrs Bourne attended a public meeting last Friday (30 November), at the Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, which was held to give local residents and businesses the opportunity to raise their concerns following a series of violent incidents in St James Street and safety concerns in the area.