“A still and sombre scene” – PCC Katy Bourne reflects from the site of the Shoreham Air Show tragedy
“Those were the words that came to mind as I approached the site of Saturday’s tragic air crash on the A27 at Shoreham. There were none of the usual smiles from the police officers who passed me, just grim-faced nods of acknowledgement as they continued their meticulous and painstaking search for evidence. I have already spoken of the professionalism shown by members of the emergency services I have encountered since Saturday’s events; of their calmness and compassion in the face of such devastation. I know I couldn’t do their job and I am extremely thankful for their dedication and courage.”
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“The tragic events at Shoreham Air Show have touched each and every one of us and will, no doubt, continue to do so as more details emerge of those who have been caught up in this terrible incident.“My thoughts and prayers remain with all those who have been affected; especially the families we know that have lost loved ones and those who remain unaccounted for.”
The Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and Thames Valley are seeking legally qualified civilian chairs to preside over police misconduct hearings across the five police force areas.
Horse riders help fight rural crime
A new scheme is being launched this month involving horse riders volunteering to help fight rural crime.The Sussex Equine Rangers partnership seeks to promote collaboration between Sussex Police and local riders to tackle crime in the countryside and anti-social behaviour.
Members of the Sussex Youth Commission ran an interactive workshop with 60 young people from across Sussex to discuss their relationships with the police. The group from the National Citizenship Service (NCS) had diverse discussions with some appreciating the role of the police, thinking they do their best at a difficult job, to those of the opinion that the police deal with things disproportionately.
Members of the Sussex Youth Commission (SYC) are carrying out their final discussions with young people across the county as they prepare to draw their ‘Big Conversation’ on policing and crime to a close.
Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne went back to her roots recently to go out on patrol with East Grinstead Street Pastors and see first-hand the work they carry out in the community each week to help keep vulnerable people safe.
The ‘Moulsecoomb ASB Sweep’ seeks to put trained and experienced youth workers on the streets at key times when youth anti-social behaviour is a problem (mainly during the lighter, warmer summer months). The idea is that these youth workers already have existing relationships with many local young people and so are well-placed to educate them about the impact their behaviour may have on the local community and to help prevent it.
Report finds Sussex PCC’s office is “cheaper to run than the Police Authority it replaced”
Having a Police & Crime Commissioner has saved taxpayers in Sussex £195,000, according to a new report published today (Friday 7 August). It proves the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is cheaper to run than the Police Authority it replaced in 2012.