PCC tackles Chief Constable on Force’s equality and diversity training and value for money profile
When: Friday 21 November from 1pmWhere: The meeting will be webcast live: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/ and a recording will be available to view online shortly afterwards.Follow the conversation on Twitter: #SusPolScrutiny.This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting will see the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, challenge Sussex Police Chief Constable, Giles York, on the Force’s response to a number of local and national policing issues. Items on the agenda include officer training; the Force’s ability to demonstrate value for money; burglary; reducing violence against women; and meeting national threats.
Ahead of this year’s International Restorative Justice (RJ) Week (16-23 Nov), Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, explains why she supports the benefits of communication between victims and offenders. She also hears from a burglary victim on how the RJ process has helped her and her family move on with their lives.
PCC reflects on the role two years on
Saturday 15 November will mark two years since Katy Bourne was elected as the first Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex. The former business woman explains why she feels passionate about the role and why she will stand again in 2016:Two years on I still feel hugely privileged to have been elected as PCC for Sussex during what is, and has been, a very difficult time for policing. I wholeheartedly believe that this role is a vast improvement on the much less transparent, accountable and extremely bureaucratic, Police Authority which it replaced.I believe that Sussex residents prefer to have a single, elected, go-to person as their voice on policing and crime; one person who can hold the Chief Constable to account for the effectiveness and efficiency of their police force.
Get involved in the community conversation
Registration has now opened for East Sussex residents to have their say at the next Police and Crime Community Conversation event with PCC, Katy Bourne, Chief Constable Giles York, Divisional Commander Neil Honnor and guest panelist, Christina Ewbank, from Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce.The debate, chaired by Herald editor, Keith Ridley, will be held at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne on Tuesday 9 December.
The commitment of volunteers in Sussex to help catch speeding motorists has been recognised by the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.A grant of £12,000 from the Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund has been awarded to local Community Speed Watch groups to provide additional speed devices in Adur & Worthing, Arun, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex, and Wealden.
How much would you pay for policing?
A message from your Police & Crime Commissioner:As PCC I have a statutory obligation to set the police precept – the amount Sussex residents pay for policing in their Council Tax. I need to consider the case to secure additional funding for policing in Sussex next year and I welcome your views on whether or not I should seek a precept increase in 2015/16.Please spend a few minutes completing the precept consultation survey. An online survey can be accessed on the following link: http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/public-consultations/.
Commenting on the publication of HMIC’s Strategic Policing Requirement Force Report for Sussex Police, Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:“I am very pleased that HMIC has found that Sussex Police is ready and prepared to tackle national threats under its obligations to the UK’s Strategic Policing Requirement.“These responsibilities are something I take very seriously in my role as PCC as I have to set the force’s budget and ensure that Sussex Police is well resourced to meet these requirements.”
Electric cars are to be used on the streets of Sussex and Surrey to see how effective they could be in policing. Two Nissan LEAF cars and a Nissan e-NV200 van are to be used by neighbourhood policing officers on duty in Hastings in Sussex. The same number will be used in Addlestone in Surrey.The drive towards a greener fleet is something that has been personally championed by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. She said: “I am pleased to see Sussex Police taking this innovative step towards cutting its carbon footprint by trialling a more energy-efficient fleet of vehicles.”
The Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley have signed a landmark contract worth £1.8m per year with independent charity Victim Support to provide emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their areas. The contract provides for a victim referral and assessment centre, along with local support services.
Police in Sussex, Surrey, Thames Valley and Kent are to work together to target cross-county burglars as the clocks go back.For the first time, officers from each force will co-ordinate activities during a three-week burglary campaign to catch offenders and educate residents to try to prevent them from becoming victims.Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has welcomed the campaign.She said: “Burglars don’t respect borders. That is why I am pleased to see Sussex Police and its neighbouring forces taking this imaginative approach and working more effectively together to help beat burglary.”