Drivers of 4×4 vehicles from across Sussex are to help police deal with major emergencies in the county.An agreement has been signed by Sussex 4×4 Response and Sussex Police that will see the charity’s members support officers at some major incidents.Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted to see this agreement in place between Sussex Police and Sussex 4×4 Response members, which recognises the vital support they can provide during certain incidents to help keep residents safe.“Volunteers play an important role in the communities they serve and I am seeking to support other schemes like this.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will question Chief Constable Martin Richards about the police response to the protest in Balcombe during a meeting this Friday 6 September, which will be webcast live.Commenting ahead of the meeting, Katy Bourne said: “It is my role to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public. I have received several questions from residents about the policing operation in Balcombe and, as a result, I will be addressing these issues during an accountability meeting with the Chief Constable this Friday 6 September. The meeting will be webcast live at 9am on my website: http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/webcasting/ and will provide the public with an opportunity to see me put their questions directly to the Chief Constable and hear them being answered.”A recording of the webcast will be available to view online shortly after the meeting on Friday.
Now you have a chance to be one of 120 new recruits currently being sought for training courses being run in 2014.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am delighted to be opening recruitment for 120 special constables as I am a huge advocate of the benefits of volunteering and of communities getting involved in keeping their local areas safe. These volunteer officers are a unique group of people who give their time for free to help keep Sussex safe, and they bring experience and diversity to the workforce.“It was my election pledge to further increase and encourage volunteering in Sussex and increasing the number of special constables is a significant part of this. Greater police visibility is one of the things the public speak to me about the most. These officers will help to achieve the objectives within the Police & Crime Plan of building safer communities, increasing police visibility, improving public confidence and focusing positively on victims.”
Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, joined independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners from Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, and Thames Valley when they came together recently to celebrate the charity’s 25th Anniversary, acknowledging the tremendous contribution that the charity’s anonymous services make to crime-fighting throughout the region.The partnership work was commended by Katy Bourne who noted: “The fact that calls to the charity’s anonymous service are up again this year reflects the public’s continued confidence in this service. It is commendable that the public continue to want to be involved and do the right thing when it comes to reporting criminal activity. It is this that has led to the continued success of Crimestoppers in helping reduce crime and improve detection rates.”
Steve Waight has announced he will stand down as Sussex Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner. The move will see him pursue other opportunities outside of the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner.Confirming the decision taken by Mr Waight, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “Steve has informed me that, due to personal reasons, he has decided not to continue in his role as Deputy.“This means he will leave the team early September, after working through his notice period.“I am sorry to see Steve go and would like to thank him for the enormous contribution he has made during the early establishment of my office. I wish him every success for the future and look forward to continuing to work with him in his role as a West Sussex County Councillor.”
The webcast of the July Performance & Accountability meeting has now ended. It will be available to watch in the archive in the next 24 hours. Follow the links from our webcasting page under the Get Involved tab.Loading...Webcast Available Here :http://connect.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/site/player/index.php?a=109446
Join us for 10 Days Live
A series of live events across Sussex are set to launch for 10 days next week, giving people an insight into how the police really works. This is the first time a police force has opened up different areas to members of the public, both online and in person, for 10 consecutive days. It follows on from the success of the 24 hour live event in 2011 which reached more than 80,000 people with web chats, interactive walkabouts and access-all-areas cameras – also a first for the police.From Friday July 26 to Saturday, August 3, there will be over 25 events running. People will be able to visit stations, watch live broadcasts and take part in webchats to allowing people see exactly what the police can be involved in day to day.
White Ribbon status for Sussex Police
Sussex Police has become the first police force in the country to gain White Ribbon Award status.It has been awarded in recognition of its commitment to the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), a global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am championing the issue of domestic abuse as a priority in my role and it is a key focus in our Police and Crime Plan. I am working closely with Chief Constable Martin Richards to ensure that all Sussex officers and staff demonstrate their commitment to the campaign through the wearing of a white ribbon lapel pin and a number of other initiatives to raise awareness.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has commented today on a report from HMIC into Sussex Police’s response to the funding challenge.“I welcome HMIC’s input and scrutiny into the details around Sussex’s response to the funding challenges set in the last comprehensive spending review. I am pleased that the report shows areas where the Force is to be commended; 81% of people surveyed said they felt safer in Sussex compared to two years ago and, in the last year, the number of victims satisfied with the service provided by Sussex Police is well above the national average.”