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:
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.”
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New powers set out in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 have come into force today (20 October 2014).In preparation the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne, established a working group of representatives from Sussex Police, local authorities and other partners to consider the implications of the new Act, including the use of the Community Remedy and the Community Trigger.“These mechanisms will ensure that repeat and vulnerable victims of ASB and hate crime receive a service that better meets their needs, as well as enabling authorities to deal more effectively with offenders, helping make them less likely to reoffend in the future”, Mrs Bourne said.
This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Wednesday 22 October between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and Chief Constable, Giles York. The meeting is webcast live from 9-10am.Items on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting include Sussex Police’s new action plan to tackle domestic abuse and violence; improvements on keeping victims of crime updated; the Ebola epidemic and how Sussex Police is using the additional funds from the precept rise to tackle child sexual exploitation and cyber crime.
Following media reports about identifying road users who break the law, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said:“Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around our county. However, with over 1,700 incidents involving cyclists in Sussex in the last three years, it’s vital that all road users behave responsibly. This means respecting each other’s chosen mode of transport – be that on four wheels or two.”
One hundred and fifty Brighton and Hove residents attended the first Community Conversation event at Hove Town Hall on Monday (6 Oct) and had their say on policing issues that mattered to them.Argus editor, Michael Beard, chaired the lively debate and directed a host of questions from the floor as well as pre-submitted ones to Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, Chief Constable, Giles York and Brighton & Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp.
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