Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne spent Monday afternoon with a handful of trainee contact handlers from the last tranche of recruitment. She spent time hearing about their different interactions with members of the public and gauging their opinion of this varied and often challenging role.
PCC comments on Gatwick drone disruption
It is a tremendous relief that Gatwick has re-opened after the deployment of specialist assets and assistance from other agencies to deal with the drone threat, but there is still a live police led operation underway and I urge anybody with any information to contact them.
Drone disruption at Gatwick
After a briefing on the operation to locate the drones which have been disrupting Gatwick, I wanted to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the police and partners across what is a huge geographical area.
Drink and drug driving has recently been reported in the media as at a record level nationally. Sussex PCC Katy Bourne is questioning the Chief Constable on how reckless drivers are endangering other road users and what measures are being taken to crackdown on the problem.
In many cases of FGM, the police are not even aware of the protection orders in place and are therefore are acting late, or not taking action at all, when breaches occur – this is a national issue.
As part of a £970m police funding settlement, the Home Office has announced today that Police and Crime Commissioners will be able to raise the police element of council tax - the precept - above the current £12 limit.
Celebrating International Volunteers Day
To celebrate International Volunteer Day here’s a look at a volunteer who works for a charity funded by the Sussex PCC.
It is reassuring that the report recognises that police forces across the country, unlike their local partners, are a 24/7 service which is regularly and often unfairly relied upon to ‘pick up the pieces’. It also rightly raises concerns around the impact on police resources when responding to mental health call outs.
Analysis by Brake, the road safety charity part-funded by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, has found that the South East had the highest number of bike deaths and serious injuries in the UK in 2017. This comes from an average of five bike riders killed or seriously injured every day.