Tackling HBV, FM and FGM
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne is speaking at a Conference in London today (7 July) about tackling honour based violence (HBV), forced marriage (FM) and female genital mutilation (FGM).This event brings together expert speakers from the police, education, local authorities, health and the voluntary sector to enhance partnership working and to examine how adopting a stronger multi-agency response can enable prevention, as well as early intervention and support for victims and those at risk. The PCC’s talk will focus on how Sussex is already taking a multi-agency approach to tackling these issues and examples of good practice.
Paws on Watch scheme launches
Yesterday saw the launch of a fantastic new ‘canine crimefighter’ initiative in the Uckfield area. Paws on Watch is a new scheme from the Safer Wealden Partnership which is calling on dog owners to report anything which seems suspicious and promote responsible dog-ownership.
Funding boost to help keep Sussex safer
Sixteen local organisations helping victims of crime and supporting community safety have been awarded Safer in Sussex funding totalling almost £95,000.The grant award scheme, established by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), is made up of two funding streams:◾Victims’ Services Fund – providing financial support (grant awards up to £10,000) to voluntary and third-sector organisations in Sussex that help individuals to cope and recover from the impact of crime.◾Community Safety Fund – providing financial support (grant awards up to £5,000) to local organisations and projects that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety.
Members of the Sussex Elders’ Commission (SEC) will be at Age UK’s Summer Fayre on the Western Lawns, Eastbourne, this Sunday 5 July. They will be inviting visitors to have their say in the ‘Big Conversation’ on policing and crime and the issues…
Webcast Available Here :http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/167059...
The county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will question Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York about the Force’s seasonal crime-fighting operations at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).
The ongoing fight against child sexual abuse
Picture taken from NSPCC websiteA report published this week by the NSPCC shows that the number of recorded sexual offences against children in England and Wales has risen by a third compared to last year.With more than two children a day in Sussex reporting that they are victims of sexual abuse, there is an even greater need to improve support services for those brave enough to come forward.
The Easthill Park Community Café, which opened in March 2015 with supportive funding from the PCC, is proving to be a real hit with local residents according to project worker and local man, John Shepherd.Apart from offering Park users much needed refreshments and encouraging more people to enjoy the area, the non profit making café is providing on-the-job training and advice for young unemployed residents.
Sussex Youth Commission (SYC) members Lakeisha Kayoka, 21, and Mageed Gharib, 22, were joined by Peter Allan, Hate Crime Sergeant for Sussex Police at Sussex Coast College Hastings, for an interactive workshop on hate crime.The event was part of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission’s Sussex-wide consultation called the ‘Big Conversation’. Around 20 students and several members of staff got involved and were forthcoming about their own distressing experiences of hate crime.
Officers across the county are stepping up their activities to encourage crime prevention, track down wanted offenders and cut the number of break-ins in Sussex during the warmer months. Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has welcomed the police campaign.She said: “We all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars. I’d also like to recognise the ongoing work of volunteers and partners who continue to support the local neighbourhood police teams by working with residents to highlight the risks and provide guidance around how to keep our homes and personal property secure. Together we can beat burglary in Sussex.”