PCC praises Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams win for Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams are to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “These teams of community-spirited volunteers were the first of their kind in the country and continue to support the police during times of need and increased demand.“I am delighted that the valuable contribution these volunteer searchers make has been recognised with this prestigious award and I would like to thank them all for their continued support in helping to keep Sussex safe.”
Sussex Police is recruiting people to become special constables – one of the most interesting ways you can volunteer your time to serve your local community.In Sussex, over 400 people currently spend a minimum of four hours a week as volunteer police officers serving the local community. Special constables have the same powers and much of the same training as full-time officers. Playing a vital role in neighbourhood policing teams, these officers can also train to undertake specialist roles, responding to 999 calls and working in the Road Policing Unit.
Chief Inspector Warren Franklin will be crossing the Atlantic today (30 May) where he will join colleagues from the University of Brighton to look at best practice in four Canadian universities that work closely with their local police teams.Commenting on the trip, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see how other university safety teams are working alongside their local police.“I am really pleased to see Sussex Police and the University of Brighton taking this innovative approach and researching best practice not only in the UK but as far afield as in Canada.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne is pleased that a recent report from the College of Policing has shown that Sussex Police officers are now fitter than the average officer in England and Wales.Mrs Bourne said: “This is great news as Sussex residents can be confident that they have a committed police service delivered by officers who are, quite literally, fit for purpose.“Policing our communities can be physically demanding and I welcomed the interim guidance in September last year from the College of Policing on how forces can carry out police fitness tests.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne will serve on a select group with people chosen by the Home Secretary to help set the direction for lasting improvement in tackling domestic abuse.The National Oversight Group has been established following Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) report in March which set out recommendations on how the police should be responding to domestic abuse. The report highlighted that police forces throughout England and Wales are still failing victims of domestic abuse despite increased efforts to improve their policing response.
PCC opens police constable recruitment
At 10am on Monday (19 May) Sussex Police will be inviting people to apply for up to 120 Police Constables posts.A huge variety of roles are carried out by Police Constables and it is an incredibly challenging and rewarding job. Sussex Police is seeking dedicated, positive and empathetic people to fill up to Constable positions with the Force in 2015/16.
This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Friday 16 May between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and temporary Chief Constable, Giles York. The meeting, which will be webcast live from 1-3pm, will see the Commissioner question Mr York on police...
The Sussex Youth Commission is a scheme being piloted by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, which is giving young people across the county a chance to have a voice on policing & crime.Mrs Bourne recently joined Youth Commission member, Joseph Skinner, and Sixth Form students at Bishop Luffa School, Chichester to discuss policing issues with them.This workshop focused on the relationship between young people and the Police – finding out and understanding students’ perceptions and experiences of their interactions with the police and discussing practical solutions for improving engagement.
WATCH LIVE: PCC’s monthly Performance and Accountability Meeting with the Chief Constable
This month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Friday 16 May between Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and temporary Chief Constable, Giles York. The meeting, which will be webcast live from 1-3pm, will see the Commissioner question Mr York on police priorities and performance.Items on the agenda for Friday’s meeting include: Sussex Police’s crime-recording processes; the Force’s response to fraud following recent national changes to tackling serious and organised crime; Sussex Police’s victims’ referral process; planning for public order policing operations; and the Joint Procurement Service between Sussex Police & Surrey Police.
Thirty one volunteers, who have successfully completed over six months of training, became warranted police officers at an ‘Attestation’ ceremony, held at Sussex Police headquarters on Friday (9 May).Attestation is a process by which a newly appointed recruit to Sussex Police becomes a Special Constable with all the powers and responsibilities which that entails. The evening saw all thirty one officers make a declaration in the presence of a Magistrate and their friends and family before receiving their warrant cards.