Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne comments on the important role of PCCs:Today’s proposal to scrap PCCs and return to unelected, invisible police authorities is vague at best, and threatens a backward step in accountability, and a kick in the teeth for democracy for the thousands of Sussex people who voted in the PCC elections.
Community Conversation comes to town
Registration has now opened for Brighton & Hove residents to have their say at the first Community Conversation event with Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, Chief Constable, Giles York and Brighton & Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp.The debate, chaired by The Argus editor, Michael Beard will be held at Hove Town Hall on Monday 6 October.
Katy Bourne has welcomed a new law announced by Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary that would give crime victims in England and Wales legal rights for the first time.The proposal will see the current victim’s code, which allows victims to share with the sentencing judge and offender how a crime has impacted their life, laid down in law in the next Parliament.Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne said: “Giving victims legal rights is a huge step towards ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are fully recognised.
The Big Conversation Conference, held at the American Express Community Stadium on Tuesday (16 Sept) evening was well received by guests that included MP Tim Loughton, representatives from the Prince’s Trust and local councillors such as Sue Shanks, the Chair of Brighton & Hove Children & Young People Committee.The event was opened by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne who said: “I was delighted to see such a great turn out for the Sussex Youth Commission’s (SYC) Big Conversation Conference.
A donation from the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has been put towards the purchase of a new vehicle to help Sussex Search & Rescue (SusSAR) carry out its vital work supporting the police in searches for, and the rescue of, vulnerable missing persons.Sussex Search & Rescue chairman, Alastair Hornby, said: “Our previous vehicle had become too small for the team to effectively carry out its role. This new, larger vehicle will enable up to three members of the team to plan and manage a search in a purpose-built office environment, with the rear of the vehicle acting as an equipment storage facility for all the kit we need.
PCC video supports Gatwick FGM workshop
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne has lent her support to officers at Gatwick to help raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).A workshop was held on Wednesday (27 August) aimed at those working in and around the airport to help identify potential victims of FGM which is mostly performed on young girls, predominantly from African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities.Mrs Bourne said: “I am fully supportive of the work that is going on at Gatwick to improve the UK’s domestic response to this barbaric practice.
Eleven more local organisations have been awarded grants from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.The latest projects to have received funding include Southern Domestic Abuse Service, Rother Neighbourhood Watch and Hastings Street Pastors, among others.Since the Community Fund launched in December 2013 over 100 applications have been submitted and more than £400,000 made available by PCC Katy Bourne to support local crime reduction and community safety initiatives.
Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has spoken about the “deep, personal impact [burglary has] on victims” as Sussex Police announce that residents living near burglary victims are to be visited by police to help them avoid becoming a target.From August, officers and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers across the county will visit people living close to the scenes of break-ins within days of the crime to warn them about what has happened, show them how they can make sure their home is secure and gather information that could help catch offenders.
The 2014 Brighton and Hove 999 funday is approaching once again this weekend.Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne, will be at the event as part of her ‘Talk Sussex’ engagement programme which is an opportunity for residents to have their say in local policing and crime priorities.