17 hours in custody
In October of last year Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) manager for Sussex, Sarah Friend, spent 17 hours in custody to get a snapshot of the experience a detainee has from arrest to next day release. Since then she has made some radical changes to the standards of cells across the county, including the installation of drinking water and replacement mattresses.
PCC shows support for LGBT History Month
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne and the police are supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month as part of a continued countywide campaign to reduce hate crime.
To mark Sexual Violence Awareness Week, (4th–11th February), Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne is encouraging Sussex Police and partners to raise awareness of support available to survivors of sexual violence.
FGM is a hugely complex crime that needs to be fully recognised, understood and supported in order to help prevent more victims.
Katy Bourne, the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, has welcomed a unanimous vote of support from the Sussex Police & Crime Panel members who have today (Friday 1 February) backed her decision to increase the police precept by an extra £2 per month (for an average band D property).
Following a week-long awareness raising campaign of victim support services across the county, Safe: Space Sussex (the online directory of these services) has seen a 68% uplift in visitors to the site with, “Domestic Abuse (DA)” being the most searched crime type page. This report comes at an interesting time for victims of DA with the government’s announcement this week of new draft legislation to combat the impact of this type of abuse.
Support services from across Sussex and victims of crime joined together on Wednesday night, at the Jubilee Library Brighton, to celebrate the Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne’s ‘A Life More Ordinary’ campaign.
Policing Coastal Borders
PCC Katy Bourne holds her monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) with Chief Constable Giles York
A Life More Ordinary
On the 14th January Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne launched a week-long photographic exhibition at the Jubilee Library, Brighton to celebrate locally funded victim support services.