Katy Bourne has welcomed a new law announced by Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary that would give crime victims in England and Wales legal rights for the first time.The proposal will see the current victim’s code, which allows victims to share with the sentencing judge and offender how a crime has impacted their life, laid down in law in the next Parliament.Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne said: “Giving victims legal rights is a huge step towards ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are fully recognised.
The Big Conversation Conference, held at the American Express Community Stadium on Tuesday (16 Sept) evening was well received by guests that included MP Tim Loughton, representatives from the Prince’s Trust and local councillors such as Sue Shanks, the Chair of Brighton & Hove Children & Young People Committee.The event was opened by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne who said: “I was delighted to see such a great turn out for the Sussex Youth Commission’s (SYC) Big Conversation Conference.
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.