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Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is consulting taxpayers on the precept – policing part of the council tax for 2014/15.The Commissioner wants to know if Sussexresidents would be willing to pay an extra £4.95 a year towards reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child exploitation, strengthening the fight against cyber crime and increasing the visibility of frontline policing.Mrs Bourne said: “I have a statutory obligation to set the police budget. I fulfilled my election pledge to freeze the precept in my first year of office and, as a result, residents have paid the same amount for policing inSussexfor the last four years. However, in order to enable investment and ensure Sussex Police is sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges, I am consulting on a 3.6% increase which would add £4.95 per year per household for a Band D property.
Katy Bourne joined John Wright, Chairman and Derek Pratt, Deputy Chairman of Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation at Hove Town Hall on Saturday (26 October).  The Commissioner gave the opening address at the conference and was  presented with an award for successful partnerhsip working....
Hundreds of local youngsters will be heading to the Winter Garden for the second Eastbourne Youth Fair.Dozens of activities and demonstrations will be on offer at the half-term event, on Tuesday October 29 from 11am to 4pm. They will include competitions, displays, performances and details of all the exciting activities on offer for the local youth population.Free cycle marking led by Sussex Police will also be taking place at the Fair and visitors are urged to make the most of this valuable service.Police and cadets will be on hand to mark and register bikes and offer advice as to how to secure them. Marking will be free of charge and will require an email address and proof of identity to complete the registration. All under 16s will need to have an adult with them.
Katy Bourne joined Crawley MP, Henry Smith, and Home Office Minister, James Brokenshire MP, in the town’s shopping hub, County Mall on Saturday (19 October). Residents had an opportunity to discuss their police and crime issues with the Commissioner....
Dear ColleaguesI am very sorry I cannot be with you this evening (01/10/2013) having already accepted a long standing invitation to address the Howard League for Penal Reform as a keynote speaker.Having been in office for nearly one year as PCC it has been an incredible privlege to work with the officers and staff of Sussex Police. I, like so many of our public cannot fail to be impressed by the unstinting commitment, dedication, professionalism and courage that you display.Clearly we can never take for granted the enormous responsibility placed on us to keep our communities safe from harm and as PCC I will continue to do everything within my authority to ensure our police force can deliver the very best for those living, working and visiting Sussex.
Special Constables in Sussex are busy preparing for ‘Specials Awareness Weekend’ which is taking place between 28-29 September. Throughout the weekend, events will be run by teams of Special Constables to give the public a real insight into this extraordinary role.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “Specials Awareness Weekend is a great opportunity for the public to see the important and varied roles that Special Constables undertake across Sussex. It is going to be a very exciting two days with Specials from every division demonstrating how much they are involved in policing Sussex.“I had the pleasure of launching the recruitment campaign for 120 Special Constables at the end of August, which has seen over 600 applications so far. These candidates are currently going through our on-line recruitment process and final interviews are scheduled to start in late September. Sussex Police is always open for Specials recruitment and I would urge anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of volunteering and help keep their community safe, to apply. You will be joining a unique group of people whose experience, diversity and skills are greatly valued by Sussex Police and local communities.”
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20/09/2013
A recording of the Performance & Accountability meeting held on Friday 20 September, 1-3pm, between the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable is now available to view online:Loading...Webcast Available Here :http://connect.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/site/player/index.php?a=111639
Independent research, commissioned by the Sussex Criminal Justice Board (SCJB), demonstrates the benefits of integrating the work of agencies to provide a high level of monitoring, supervision and support to offenders.Over a two year period, the proportion of offenders re-convicted was reduced by 57 per cent and the frequency reduced by 69 per cent. In consequence, this also reduces the number of people who are likely to be victims of crime.Sussex Criminal Justice Board commissioned researchers at Sheffield Hallam University to assess the impact of Integrated Offender Management (IOM) on reconviction rates in Sussex over the first two years of its existence.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will give oral evidence in Westminster this week in connection with the Justice Select Committee’s enquiry ‘Crime Reduction Policies: A Co-ordinated Approach?’Mrs Bourne is one of only three Police and Crime Commissioners selected to appear as a witness before the Committee, which will sit on Wednesday 11 September at 9.30am.Speaking ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “I am honoured to have been one of three PCCs chosen to give evidence to the Justice Select Committee and to have an opportunity to share some of the excellent work being carried out in Sussex to tackle crime and reduce re-offending.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will question Chief Constable Martin Richards about the police response to the protest in Balcombe during a meeting on Friday 20 September, which will be webcast live.Commenting ahead of the meeting, Katy Bourne said: “Cuadrilla has announced that it has withdrawn an application for a six-month extension to its planning permission for exploratory drilling in Balcombe. I will be questioning the Chief Constable fully about the policing operation in Balcombe to date at the monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting on 20 September.
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