PCC addresses Sussex Police Federation
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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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.
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.”