Join the West Sussex Police & Crime Community Conversation


Registration has now opened for West Sussex residents to have their say at the next Police and Crime Community Conversation when the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will host Chief Constable Giles York and new West Sussex Divisional Commander Steve Whitton.

The public debate, chaired by Chichester Observer Editor in Chief, Gary Shipton, will be held at the Chichester Assembly Rooms, The Council House, North Street, Chichester on Wednesday 1 April from 6.30pm to 8pm. Doors will open at 6pm.

Commenting ahead of the event Mrs Bourne said: “I’m very grateful to the Chichester Observer for partnering with us to gather questions from readers and for encouraging local residents to join the Community Conversation.

“I have really enjoyed meeting members of the public and answering their questions at our last two Community Conversation events and I’m looking forward to meeting West Sussex residents on 1 April and taking part in another lively debate about local and national issues.”

“Over 200 people have already attended a Community Conversation to have their say on a range of issues including drug use, the impact of police savings, road safety and street drinkers. I can promise a very frank, challenging and informative evening in Chichester.

“By engaging with me and the police at these events residents are helping to inform policing priorities in Sussex. It’s also an opportunity for them to pose questions to their local police team.”

The new West Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Whitton, will attend on the night, taking over from Chief Superintendent Martin Walker, who retires in March after 30 years of service.

Sussex Police Chief Constable, Giles York said: “These Community Conversation evenings are an excellent opportunity for me to engage with the public in Sussex. This event in Chichester, follows the success of Community Conversations in both Hove and Eastbourne and is dedicated to giving local residents an opportunity to ask questions on current issues or concerns they have, share ideas and generally help to shape our thinking about local, community policing.”

Chief Superintendent Steve Whitton said: “As the incoming Commander I am looking forward to meeting West Sussex residents and listening to their ideas and concerns first hand. I will be joined by my deputy Superintendent Jane Derrick and Inspector Will Rolls so we hope to be able to answer as many questions as possible on the night.”

The panel will answer questions live from the audience as well as those that have been submitted in advance.

The Assembly Room is on the first floor of The Council House, North Street Chichester, PO19 1LQ.

Residents can register their attendance here:

Questions can be submitted in advance in the following ways:

  • Write to Police and Crime Community Conversation, Chichester Observer, Suite 3 First Floor, City Gates, 2-4 Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 8DJ
  • Email:
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