Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne is funding training for 16 police officers who will become specialist investigators in Harmful Traditional Practices, including FGM. The funding is another investment in the Commissioner’s fight against sexual violence towards women and girls.
An innovative pilot project which sees mental health nurses joining police on the beat has been extended to more areas in the county this week. The scheme, known as street triage, is when the police and mental health services join forces to provide immediate help and support to people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.In the past if the police received a call about a person with a mental health problem they may have had to detain that person under the mental health act in order to get them the help they need. However, with the right support from a mental health professional there may be no need for them to be admitted to hospital or detained.Following an award winning Eastbourne pilot, funding has been secured by Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG and Crawley CCG to roll the project out in their areas for two months. During this initial period the benefits to patients, health partners and Sussex Police will be assessed.
Investment proposals to build on Sussex Police’s crime-fighting capabilities have been given the green light by local Councillors.Members of the Sussex Police & Crime Panel (on Friday 23 January 2015) carried a majority vote in support of a proposal by the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, to increase the police precept in 2015/16 by 1.98%. This means that local taxpayers will pay an additional £2.79 for policing per year per household (for a Band D property).
On Saturday (31 January 2015) twenty young people from across the county will meet Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne and start their journey as new members of the Sussex Youth Commission (SYC).They will be joined by a group of ten members from the first SYC who have signed up to stay involved with the project and act as mentors to the new cohort.
On Friday (30 January) two members of the PCC’s Youth Commission Independent Advisory Group (IAG), which was set up in November 2014, will accompany Gatwick officers during stop and search patrols at the airport and in Haywards Heath.Nadine Smith, 18, and Ciaran Baron, 17, who were part of the PCC’s Youth Commission pilot, will act as lay observers, making sure that the stop and search powers are being used both appropriately and proportionately.
More funding for victims in Sussex
Five specialist services for victims of crime in Sussex will receive a cash boost this month from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.The organisations, that include the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Mankind, are from the Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. Their applications were assessed against criteria that supported the PCC’s Police & Crime Plan. They will each receive up to five thousand pounds in order to ensure that there is a broad range of services in Sussex to support victims of crime.
PCC Katy Bourne has today (12 January) launched the UK’s first Elders’ Commission as part of a rolling county-wide “Big Conversation” about policing and crime issues.“The Sussex Elders’ Commission is an opportunity for older residents to support, challenge and inform my work as Police and Crime Commissioner”, said Mrs Bourne.“I want to hear from local people aged 60 plus who have been affected by crimes including financial coercion and other forms of abuse. I also want to hear from people who are worried about crime especially anti-social behaviour. Commission members could have direct experiences of the police and justice system or you may have innovative ideas about community safety and suggestions for improving policing services.”
First scrutiny meeting of 2015 addresses the results of Sussex Police’s seasonal campaigns
Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will question Chief Constable Giles York about the Force’s seasonal campaigns during the first Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) of 2015.WHEN: Friday 16 January, 13:00-15:00WHERE: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/. A recording will be available to view online after the meeting or follow #SusPolScrutiny.Topics on the agenda will include security implications for Sussex following Je Suis Charlie; Operation Dragonfly, the Christmas and New Year Drink-Drive campaign; Operation Ribbon, the Force’s response to tackling domestic abuse incidents over the festive period; drug deaths and unauthorised drone usage.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is delighted to announce that Chief Constable Giles York has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in recognition of his...
Police in Sussex have a pre-Christmas surprise for more than 40 people who have records for repeated domestic abuse of partners.They are all receiving visits from officers in plain clothes, working with Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs), and will be told that during the holiday period police will be paying particular attention to any incidents reported as involving them, and will take robust action wherever possible, including arrest, issue of Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPOs), and recall to prison.They will also be given contact details for a charity that specialises in advising perpetrators.