Katy Bourne backs introduction of national fast track and direct entry recruitment programmes in Sussex
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has welcomed a new national recruitment programme launched by the College of Policing that will enable direct entry to the police at superintendent level and provide an opportunity for police constables to fast track to inspector level.Commenting on the new scheme, Mrs Bourne said: “The direct entry programme is designed to attract exceptional leaders into the police service. Fast tracking is also an effective way of promoting the very best talent from within the service into leadership roles more quickly.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has received notification from the Home Office that her application in January to recover the balance of cost incurred by the policing operation at the test drilling site in Balcombe has been successful.The Home Office has agreed to pay Sussex Police £905,000 in accordance with Home Office Special Grant rules. In addition Mrs Bourne has negotiated an agreement with the policing minister that if Sussex Police is faced with further shale gas protests in the future then all policing costs will be refunded in full.The overall cost of the operation amounted to 3.985 million.
PCC responds to HMIC report that finds police forces are still failing victims of domestic abuse
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has stated her commitment to ensuring Sussex Police follows the recommendations set out in a report published today (27 March) by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on police forces’ response to domestic abuse.Commenting on the findings of the report Mrs Bourne said: It is disappointing that police forces throughout England and Wales are still failing victims of domestic abuse despite increased efforts to improve their policing response. I therefore welcome the recommendations set out in HMIC’s report and, in particular, those specifically relating to Sussex Police.One of the recommendations is the need for better training for officers and staff. This will ensure that when officers respond to a domestic abuse incident they are supplied with as much information as possible to allow them to make a more accurate assessment of the level of risk to the victim. For example, control room staff should be able to advise if there have been previous reports of domestic abuse or if there are young children living at that address. Over the coming months I will be working with senior officers to ensure a more robust training is implemented as soon as possible.
Sussex students join the ‘Big Conversation’
Members of the Youth Commission on Police & Crime ran a workshop for students from Brighton and Sussex Universities this week [Monday 24 March] giving them an opportunity to take part in a ‘Big Conversation’ around the priorities it has set as a group. The 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.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne attended and gave her feedback on the issues and ideas raised by the group.
PCC Katy Bourne joined Derek Pratt, Deputy Chair & Secretary of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, and local volunteers, at Kingslea Primary School in Horsham today (Monday 24 March) to present certificates to pupils and congratulate members following completion of the first Junior...
The story of a young woman’s experience of coming to Court and why one Police & Crime Commissioner is urging colleagues to support specialist services for young victims and witnesses
Tune in to this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) on Friday 21 March and watch Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, question temporary Chief Constable, Giles York, on police performance and priorities. The meeting will be webcast live online from 1-3pm:Loading…Webcast Available Here :http://connect.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/site/player/index.php?a=131668
On Friday 28 February I spent an enjoyable evening with 40 Specials who have just started their practical training, having completed five weeks of theory. This phase of training is spread over six alternate weekends and is where the students learn to put their theory knowledge...
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, spent an afternoon in St. Leonards last week (7 March) talking to local residents and businesses in order to find out what they thought about policing and crime in the area.Commenting on her afternoon in St Leonards, Mrs Bourne said:I spent a very informative couple of hours with local residents who are really passionate about keeping their community safe and free from crime and anti-social behaviour.Before my visit I was aware that one of the main concerns is around the very visible street drinking that goes on. I saw this issue first-hand and discussed it at a community meeting arranged by Hastings MP, Amber Rudd.
Commenting on the findings of the Committee, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:“I welcome the enquiry by the Parliamentary Privileges Committee and I will expect Sussex Police to give very careful consideration to the recommendations outlined within their report.“Following the oral evidence given by Sussex Police to the Committee I felt that there was an immediate need to understand how effective the existing national guidance is on the issuing of Police Information Notices (PINs) and whether the manner in which Sussex Police is issuing PINs is appropriate.”