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Vulnerable fraud victims across Sussex will receive emotional and practical support from two new Victim Support Caseworkers funded by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. The appointments come as fraud against vulnerable victims increases nationally leaving many affected older people both emotionally and financially devastated.
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner will be closed over the bank holidays during the festive season. It will be open as normal on the intervening days: Mountitled-designnday 26 December: Bank holiday – closed Tuesday 27 December: Bank holiday – closed
Commenting on the Make Change Count campaign launched this week in Brighton and Hove to urge people to donate money to professional initiatives that help homeless people, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
PCC Katy Bourne is to ask Chief Constable Giles York whether Sussex Police has received allegations of child sexual abuse within football following the widespread publicity nationally and if the Force is doing any work to support the Football Association’s own inquiry. She will also ask how the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign Operation Dragonfly is progressing as well as Operation Ribbon to tackle domestic abuse over Christmas and the New Year.
PCC Katy Bourne welcomes new stalking protection orders which will help protect victims at the earliest possible stage.
Hospital patients in a Sussex medium secure hospital will be able to testify in magistrates courts as part of a network of ‘live link’ video connections across the county that is helping to make justice swifter and more accessible. Under the Video Enabled Justice programme, led by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, police officers and witnesses already provide evidence to court through 14 live link rooms and a new live link is now up and running in the Hellingly Centre. Police officers in Sussex spend an average 5 and a half hours at court per appearance so the new rooms save significant time.
PCC, Katy Bourne, to question Chief Constable about what the police are doing to catch those who use mobile phones when driving, how many drivers have been stopped, arrested and charged in Sussex this year as well as how the police are responding to the increase in burglary recordings.
Nine in 10 Sussex residents (90%) who voted in a Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner poll want tougher penalties for people caught texting, answering a call or using an app on their mobile whilst driving.
Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne’s in-house communications team have scooped a national award recognising their #NoPlaceForHate campaign. The win came for Best Public Sector Campaign at the UK Social Media Communications Awards where they were up against five other public sector organisations including the Greater London Authority’s campaign to promote the mayoral elections, and the Met Office’s Name Our Storms campaign.
Twelve new Restorative Justice (RJ) facilitators have come on stream after completing a three day course to prepare them for assisting in RJ conferences where victims of crime communicate with perpetrators.
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