Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has commented today on a report from HMIC into Sussex Police’s response to the funding challenge.“I welcome HMIC’s input and scrutiny into the details around Sussex’s response to the funding challenges set in the last comprehensive spending review. I am pleased that the report shows areas where the Force is to be commended; 81% of people surveyed said they felt safer in Sussex compared to two years ago and, in the last year, the number of victims satisfied with the service provided by Sussex Police is well above the national average.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has joined Sussex Police in launching Operation Magpie – an initiative formed to tackle burglary in the county.The first phase of Operation Magpie has begun by denying the use of roads to burglars. Officers will carry out spot checks on vehicles in locations across Sussex to prevent burglary and detect crime where it has taken place.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The increase in burglaries was a consistent theme highlighted during numerous meetings I had with residents across Sussex so I raised this at my regular accountability meetings with the Chief Constable.“I am now confident that Sussex Police is proactively tackling this issue and that good progress is being made. Operation Magpie will directly target those who travel into Sussex and those within the county who commit burglary. Among the other strands of the operation is a crackdown on those handling and selling stolen goods and further operations are planned over the coming months.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, attended the launch of Hastings Business Watch Scheme this week (Wednesday 26 June), which aims to help reduce the number of crimes affecting the business community by improving communication between business communities and Sussex Police to prevent and detect crime.Commenting on the scheme, Mrs Bourne said: “Business Watch enables local businesses to work more effectively with the police and local authorities to create safe and stable business environments.“Reducing business crime is fundamental to further investment, which supports employment and economic prosperity, and I will be working with the Chief Constable to ensure that consistent levels of support, access to information, and approaches to engagement are demonstrated by the police to all businesses experiencing crime and antisocial behaviour across Sussex.”
The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable have unveiled plans for police buildings that will improve the accessibility and visibility of neighbourhood policing.Over the next five years Sussex Police will be strengthening the role of Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) by introducing further local bases for officers out in the community and improving the Force’s use of technology.The five year plan is being introduced following a review of more than 100 Force buildings – from Lewes HQ to smaller police stations – to look at how Sussex Police can improve service whilst making savings.Unveiling the plans on Tuesday (June 25) Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “We’ve conducted a complete review to ensure the Sussex Police estate is fit for purpose and fit for the future.
The vital work of Sussex Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers has been recognised with a host of prestigious awards and applauded by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.Mrs Bourne, said: “I would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers who help make Sussex a safer place to live and pass on my congratulations to the Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers who have been recognised for their vital work. Whilst they do not seek or expect reward, it is especially pleasing that this dedication and commitment has been recognised at a national level.”
For 10 days this summer Sussex Police is to open its doors to give people a unique insight into how the Force works. People across the county will be invited into stations, be able to see behind the scenes during virtual tours and interact with us during live online broadcasts.‘Sussex Police People: 10 days live’ will launch on July 25, when 100 young people age 11 to 16 will get hands-on experience trying out policing for themselves.One hundred lucky competition finalists will visit the Kingstanding training site for the ‘Be the police for a day’ one-off event, where they’ll tour the underground nuclear bunker, use kit to investigate a car crash, deploy search dogs, forensically examine a crime scene and find out what it takes to be a police officer.
Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils, in partnership with Sussex Police, Adur and Worthing Youth Councils, West Sussex County Council, the NSPCC/Childline and WORTH Services will be celebrating and promoting Article 12 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC);“When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.”On June 13th 2013, Adur and Worthing Councils with partners will be hosting their very first local youth voices ‘Speakeasy’. The ‘Speakeasy’ model has been designed to innovatively engage with young people on a range of issues and to inform and support the delivery and growth of local service provision. As well as having the chance to take part in consultation with staff and professionals at all levels of the organisations involved, this is a great opportunity to work with young people in raising their awareness of issues affecting them.
The accounts of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable are subject to external audit. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process in relation to the inspection of the accounts and related documents.
The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s pledge to increase and encourage volunteering inSussexis being realised as Volunteers’ Week approaches (1-7 June). The Commissioner’s office manages a scheme where vetted, trained, independent volunteers visit detainees held in Sussex Police Custody. The same volunteers also make spot-check visits to the Force’s CCTV suites to ensure the correct use is being made of public space CCTV in the county. The Sussex Independent Custody Visiting Scheme was recently accredited with an Investing in Volunteers award, one of the first in the country.“I am pleased to have recently welcomed a new intake of volunteers to our Independent Custody Visiting scheme. The role these volunteers undertake is vitally important and should help the public feel reassured that there is independent oversight of detainees’ welfare and the conditions in which they are kept in police custody in Sussex. The time given up freely by our 70+ strong volunteers is not to be underestimated. In the past six months they have completed nearly a hundred custody visits and have seen 365 detainees.
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