A donation from the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has been put towards the purchase of a new vehicle to help Sussex Search & Rescue (SusSAR) carry out its vital work supporting the police in searches for, and the rescue of, vulnerable missing persons.Sussex Search & Rescue chairman, Alastair Hornby, said: “Our previous vehicle had become too small for the team to effectively carry out its role. This new, larger vehicle will enable up to three members of the team to plan and manage a search in a purpose-built office environment, with the rear of the vehicle acting as an equipment storage facility for all the kit we need.
PCC video supports Gatwick FGM workshop
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne has lent her support to officers at Gatwick to help raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).A workshop was held on Wednesday (27 August) aimed at those working in and around the airport to help identify potential victims of FGM which is mostly performed on young girls, predominantly from African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities.Mrs Bourne said: “I am fully supportive of the work that is going on at Gatwick to improve the UK’s domestic response to this barbaric practice.
Eleven more local organisations have been awarded grants from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.The latest projects to have received funding include Southern Domestic Abuse Service, Rother Neighbourhood Watch and Hastings Street Pastors, among others.Since the Community Fund launched in December 2013 over 100 applications have been submitted and more than £400,000 made available by PCC Katy Bourne to support local crime reduction and community safety initiatives.
Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has spoken about the “deep, personal impact [burglary has] on victims” as Sussex Police announce that residents living near burglary victims are to be visited by police to help them avoid becoming a target.From August, officers and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers across the county will visit people living close to the scenes of break-ins within days of the crime to warn them about what has happened, show them how they can make sure their home is secure and gather information that could help catch offenders.
The 2014 Brighton and Hove 999 funday is approaching once again this weekend.Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne, will be at the event as part of her ‘Talk Sussex’ engagement programme which is an opportunity for residents to have their say in local policing and crime priorities.
It is the second time that Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has attended Pride in her role as PCC and says that this year’s event was a particularly enjoyable one.Commenting on the day of celebrations, Mrs Bourne said: “The good humoured crowds appeared to be bigger than ever but the atmosphere remained carnival-like and I was delighted to be part of this.“Before the Pride Parade left Madeira Drive, I did a walkabout with my Surrey colleague, Kevin Hurley, who had never been to a Pride event before. Mr Hurley thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of the day and appreciated all the hard work that goes into it.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will join other guests at the Pride Community Parade on Madeira Drive this Saturday (2 August).Commenting on being part of the 2014 celebrations, Mrs Bourne said: “This is my second year attending Pride in my role as PCC and I’m looking forward to joining colleagues and getting to meet some of the participants who help make it such a fun day.
PCC joins the battle against burglars
The PCC is supporting a call to residents, who are being urged by Sussex Police to join the battle against burglars by logging their valuables on a national website.Immobilise is the world’s largest property register and allows police and the public to work together to make stolen items too hot to handle.Residents can enter the details of their possessions on the free website and report when they have been stolen.Police officers not just in Sussex but around the UK can then check the details of items that they find or seize against the database.
The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a public consultation today (Monday 28 July) inviting residents to have their say on how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) are dealt with. Mrs Bourne is seeking the opinions of residents and partners on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of local people and businesses.The consultation will close at midnight on 30 September 2014. A survey can be completed online atwww.sussex-pcc.gov.uk, which gives respondents a list of options to consider as well as space for further suggestions.