The story of a young woman’s experience of coming to Court and why one Police & Crime Commissioner is urging colleagues to support specialist services for young victims and witnesses
Tune in to this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) on Friday 21 March and watch Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, question temporary Chief Constable, Giles York, on police performance and priorities. The meeting will be webcast live online from 1-3pm:Loading…Webcast Available Here :http://connect.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/site/player/index.php?a=131668
On Friday 28 February I spent an enjoyable evening with 40 Specials who have just started their practical training, having completed five weeks of theory. This phase of training is spread over six alternate weekends and is where the students learn to put their theory knowledge...
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, spent an afternoon in St. Leonards last week (7 March) talking to local residents and businesses in order to find out what they thought about policing and crime in the area.Commenting on her afternoon in St Leonards, Mrs Bourne said:I spent a very informative couple of hours with local residents who are really passionate about keeping their community safe and free from crime and anti-social behaviour.Before my visit I was aware that one of the main concerns is around the very visible street drinking that goes on. I saw this issue first-hand and discussed it at a community meeting arranged by Hastings MP, Amber Rudd.
Commenting on the findings of the Committee, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:“I welcome the enquiry by the Parliamentary Privileges Committee and I will expect Sussex Police to give very careful consideration to the recommendations outlined within their report.“Following the oral evidence given by Sussex Police to the Committee I felt that there was an immediate need to understand how effective the existing national guidance is on the issuing of Police Information Notices (PINs) and whether the manner in which Sussex Police is issuing PINs is appropriate.”
Convicted offenders across West Sussex are being given a chance to wear tags to support them from reoffending. The trial, which was launched in the division in July, has proved successful. The tags use the latest technology provided by Buddi, giving a much wider coverage than the usual tagging systems and allows the wearers to live without curfew checks. The tags, which are entirely voluntary, can be worn for any period of time and provide Sussex Police with live information of the location of wearers which can eliminate them from enquiries into a crime and prevent them being arrested unnecessarily. Since the initiative started there has been 20 users of the devices, some wearing them for several months.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who has given her backing to the scheme, said: “Advances in the use of technologies like GPS tagging means that Sussex Police can continue to cut crime whilst ensuring officers can remain out on the streets in the heart of the communities they serve. This innovative approach reduces reoffending and also supports rehabilitation by helping offenders change their behaviour.”
The decision to roll Clare’s Law out nationally is an extremely positive one and could potentially end up saving lives.Clare’s Law, also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, allows police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts. It was successfully trialed in four police force areas and I am delighted that this week it will be rolled out across the country, and this will include Sussex.The scheme will allow someone to ask the police about a partner’s previous history of domestic abuse or violent acts and allow officers to proactively disclose information in certain circumstances. Any new measures like this which will help victims of what is often a hidden crime have to be welcomed.
This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting will be the first time Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, holds temporary Chief Constable, Giles York, to account for the Force’s performance since former Chief Constable, Martin Richards’ retirement from the Force earlier this month. Watch live here at 2pm:Loading...Webcast Available Here
Commenting on her afternoon with residents from the Wick Estate on Wednesday (19 February) Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I was delighted to meet members of the local community who really benefit from this wonderful project.“The Café Bus is run by the community for the community. It brings local residents together, helping reduce loneliness, increasing interaction and thus improving their quality of life.“I had a wonderful chat with Sheila, a lovely lady in her late 70s, who was a former nurse. Sheila was telling me how important the Little Café Bus project is as a way for her to get out and meet people and break the loneliness. Likewise, I heard a similar story from Roland a former Plant Virologist, who recently lost his wife and also enjoys the social side of the project. It was great to meet Mary-Anne who was there with her 12-year-old granddaughter, Abby.
Following the publication of the Mental Health Concordat, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne says she would like a greater role on local health and wellbeing boards in order to ensure that the correct people pick up responsibility for duty of care.The Concordat, which has been signed by the Police & Crime Commissioner Mental Health Working Group on behalf of all PCCs, sets out how statutory organisations like the Police, NHS Trust and local authorities can work together in order to deliver a high quality response, help and ongoing support.Commenting on the new agreement Mrs Bourne said: “Mental Health issues affect a large number of people across all sections of society. Many of those who live with this debilitating illness are also disproportionately more likely to be victims of crime.