The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s pledge to increase and encourage volunteering inSussexis being realised as Volunteers’ Week approaches (1-7 June). The Commissioner’s office manages a scheme where vetted, trained, independent volunteers visit detainees held in Sussex Police Custody. The same volunteers also make spot-check visits to the Force’s CCTV suites to ensure the correct use is being made of public space CCTV in the county. The Sussex Independent Custody Visiting Scheme was recently accredited with an Investing in Volunteers award, one of the first in the country.“I am pleased to have recently welcomed a new intake of volunteers to our Independent Custody Visiting scheme. The role these volunteers undertake is vitally important and should help the public feel reassured that there is independent oversight of detainees’ welfare and the conditions in which they are kept in police custody in Sussex. The time given up freely by our 70+ strong volunteers is not to be underestimated. In the past six months they have completed nearly a hundred custody visits and have seen 365 detainees.
Founders of Respond Academy thank the PCC
To The Police Commissioner Katy Bourne,As the founders of Respond Academy, Pablo and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you personally for the time you spent with us today Friday 19th April 2013.We know that you have an extremely busy schedule as the Police Commissioner and you took time out of your busy schedule to visit us. We felt that you really appreciated the hard work, pride and effort that our members have put into their work, that you understood our long term vision for the young people in our community. It was enlightening to hear about your own musical, arts knowledge in regards to young people.
Leighe Rogers, a Director from Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust (SSPT) has been seconded to the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, to assist with a new drive to increase the opportunities to reduce reoffending through targeted investment.Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, said: “As PCC I am uniquely placed to lead a joined up approach to tackling crime in the county. I will be working closely with SSPT to identify areas of success and to look for improvements where they are needed in order to reduce re-offending, prevent crime and improve public confidence.“I am supportive of the proposals that were recently set out within the Offender Rehabilitation Bill, which allow for greater freedom and discretion for those professionals who work with offenders to deliver innovative and effective interventions to tackle re-offending. I look forward to seeing what elements of this Bill are translated in statute and how we can successfully progress them in Sussex.
Katy Bourne has joined other member organisations of the East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP) in agreeing to work and act together to honour the Armed Forces Community Covenant.The ESSP has signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant – a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and serving and retired members of the armed forces and their families.Representatives from the armed forces, military charities and the ESSP met today (May 14 2013) to sign the covenant in a ceremony at County Hall, in Lewes.
PCC’s election pledge realised as new driving offence is introduced to Crime & Courts Bill
Katy Bourne, has welcomed new measures that have come into force via the Crime and Courts Act to target people who drive while under the influence of drugs.The offence, introduced to the Crime and Courts Bill, which achieved Royal Assent last week, was one of the priorities in Mrs Bourne’s campaign manifesto.Commenting on the changes to the legislation, Katy Bourne said: “During my election campaign I pledged to lobby Government to make driving under the influence of drugs as equally unacceptable as drink driving.“Residents have told me that road safety is their main concern and I am determined to tackle this problem during my term in office.”
Commissioner meets West Sussex Youth Cabinet
Katy Bourne took part in the West Sussex Youth Cabinet meeting at County Hall, Chichester this week (15 April 2013). She was invited by Youth Cabinet member for Burgess Hill, Nikki Martin, who has a keen interest in policing. Nikki took part in the public consultations leading up to the PCC elections last year and has maintained her involvement in the process: “I want to make sure young people’s policing needs are included so that we are seen as active members of our communities. The PCC has shown us that she wants to listen to young people as she stayed for the whole of our two hour meeting.”During the meeting Mrs Bourne, the Youth Cabinet, Youth MPs and their deputies discussed strategies for reaching young people. The group were able to recommend joint consultation with Youth Cabinets in West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove as a way of reaching young people’s views on policing.
Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, is backing a week-long campaign, which starts today (Monday 15 April), to make drivers more aware of the dangers of speeding.Officers will be carrying out checks across Sussex at fixed enforcement sites as well as locally identified problem areas.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am fully supportive of the work carried out by the police and partners to improve road safety and reduce the number of casualties across Sussex through education, engineering and enforcement.“I would like to see communities becoming more involved in playing their part in making Sussex safer through initiatives such as Community Speed Watch and supporting Operation Crackdown. Safer roads and communities can be created by working together and sharing the roads responsibly.”
Two senior appointments made by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne have been approved by a watchdog body. The Sussex Police and Crime Panel has written to Mrs Bourne endorsing John Eagles as Chief Finance Officer, and Mark Streater as Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer.The panel’s role is to examine plans and decisions made by the Commissioner. Her office began work almost five months ago when it replaced the Sussex Police Authority.Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted that the Police & Crime Panel has endorsed my decision to appoint John Eagles and Mark Streater in the statutory positions of Chief Finance Officer and Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer within my Office.“John has previously been acting as my Chief Finance Officer on an interim basis and Mark spent over 28 years at Sussex Police before joining the Metropolitan Police Service in 2011. Together they bring a wealth of experience and will provide invaluable support to my team.”
Today (2 April) Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, launches her first ever Police & Crime Plan. This plan sets out the Commissioner’s key strategic objectives for Sussex. The plan lays out how, in partnership, the Commissioner will tackle these priorities within her term of office.The four key priority areas for Sussex are:Crime and community safetyVictim focusPublic confidenceValue for money