PCC responds to HMIC report that finds police forces are still failing victims of domestic abuse
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has stated her commitment to ensuring Sussex Police follows the recommendations set out in a report published today (27 March) by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on police forces’ response to domestic abuse.Commenting on the findings of the report Mrs Bourne said: It is disappointing that police forces throughout England and Wales are still failing victims of domestic abuse despite increased efforts to improve their policing response. I therefore welcome the recommendations set out in HMIC’s report and, in particular, those specifically relating to Sussex Police.One of the recommendations is the need for better training for officers and staff. This will ensure that when officers respond to a domestic abuse incident they are supplied with as much information as possible to allow them to make a more accurate assessment of the level of risk to the victim. For example, control room staff should be able to advise if there have been previous reports of domestic abuse or if there are young children living at that address. Over the coming months I will be working with senior officers to ensure a more robust training is implemented as soon as possible.
Sussex students join the ‘Big Conversation’
Members of the Youth Commission on Police & Crime ran a workshop for students from Brighton and Sussex Universities this week [Monday 24 March] giving them an opportunity to take part in a ‘Big Conversation’ around the priorities it has set as a group. The workshop focused on the relationship between young people and the police – finding out and understanding students’ perceptions and experiences of their interactions with the police and discussing practical solutions for improving engagement.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne attended and gave her feedback on the issues and ideas raised by the group.
PCC Katy Bourne joined Derek Pratt, Deputy Chair & Secretary of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, and local volunteers, at Kingslea Primary School in Horsham today (Monday 24 March) to present certificates to pupils and congratulate members following completion of the first Junior...
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.