The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is Katy Bourne, who was re-elected on 5 May 2016.
Katy's role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the police force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
She is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives including restorative justice and crime reduction grants.
Katy is Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board and Chair of the Police ICT Company. In 2015, she was appointed as an advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network. She is also a former Director of the Board of the College of Policing.
Katy is a graduate of Aberystwyth University and is married with two sons.
Salary, expenses & register of interests
Salary: As agreed on 13 September 2018, the Government has increased the PCC salary bands by 2% (backdated to 1 May 2018). This is the first increase since PCC's took office in 2012.
The PCC is paid an annual salary of £86,700.
Expenses: Guidance on PCC expenses were released by the Home Office on 1 August 2018 and can be found here.
Gifts & Hospitality: The PCC’s declarations of gifts and hospitality are published here.
Expenses claimed by the Chief Constable and his Chief Officers are published here. You can also find a record of gifts and hospitality offered to Sussex Police, including the Chief Constable and his Chief Officers, here.
About the PCC role
In consultation with the Chief Constable, the PCC has set a four year Police & Crime Plan which sets out the priorities for policing in Sussex.
As well as ensuring that the Chief Constable responds to local priorities the PCC will contribute to national policing issues as set out in the Home Secretary’s Strategic Policing Requirement.
The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Events, meetings and speaking engagements
The PCC carries out a regular programme of engagement events called 'Talk Sussex'. To find out more about Talk Sussex, or to invite the Commissioner to speak at your own event please visit this page.
A list of meetings and events which the Commissioner will be attending can be found here. Please note that many of these are private meetings.
Ensuring value for money
Together with the Chief Constable, the PCC holds a shared responsibility for providing effective financial and budget planning. In consultation with the Chief Constable they will set the budget for the forthcoming year.
The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will also hold funds to commission services including community safety initiatives, support for victims of crime, and restorative justice services, among other areas.
Being held to account
The PCC is ultimately responsible to you, the Sussex electorate, for their performance in office. However, Parliament has decided that PCC activity will be scrutinised by a Police & Crime Panel set up in each police force area.
Working in partnership
The PCC works with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners, to deliver against the priorities within the Police & Crime Plan.