The county’s Young Witness Service has received a funding boost of £45,000 from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner it was announced today (Thursday 14 November 2012).Katy Bourne has provided the grant to the Young Witness Service in Sussex, which is part of Victim Support – Surrey & Sussex Division. This funding will enable the service to continue providing much needed support to all young people – from as young as six up to 17 years old – coming to Court across Sussex as either victims of crime or witnesses to it.Commenting on the announcement, Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted to support the Young Witness Service in Sussex, which is one of only seven services of its kind in the UK, helping young people on their journey through the criminal justice system. My Police & Crime Plan reflects the priorities that local people have told me matter to them and that includes putting the needs of victims and witnesses first.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and Sussex Police have launched a survey aimed at the local business community, focusing on policing and the resources available to them. The survey provides an opportunity for business owners to have their say on the way that the police and businesses should work together in the future. Take part in the online survey: on her commitment to reducing business crime in Sussex, Mrs Bourne said: “SMEs are the backbones of our local economy and the employment and wealth that business creates is the lifeblood of Sussex communities. Business crime should never be disguised as ‘low-level’ or ‘victimless’ and we need to challenge this perception in order to influence first time offenders’ behaviour. Local shops are often located in the heart of housing estates or villages and an incident of theft or vandalism has the same impact as a crime against an individual in the area.“Partnership and prevention is the future of policing and it is vital that local organisations and the police work together to reduce business crime in order to create safe and secure business communities.”
Friday 15 November will mark one year since Katy Bourne was elected the first ever Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC).Reflecting on why she was drawn to the role Mrs Bourne, who lives in Mid Sussex with husband Kevin and two grown-up sons, said: “I saw this as a unique opportunity to represent the public’s interests in the fight against crime.“I believe everyone in Sussex has the right to feel safe on the streets and in their homes, which is why my Police & Crime Plan reflects the priorities that local people have told me matter to them; driving down crime; putting victims first increasing public confidence in the police and value for money.”
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Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will speak about Sussex Police’s approach to tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence against women and children at a Home Office event on Thursday (7 November).Commenting ahead of the conference the Commissioner said: “I was elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner on a manifesto pledge to tackle domestic abuse and this will remain one of my key priorities throughout my term in office.”
Residents are being invited to take part in a Q&A session with the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, on Friday 15 November between 12.30 and 1.30pm, which will be webcast live.Commenting ahead of the broadcast, which falls one year to the day since bring elected, Mrs Bourne said: “My first year in office has been full of challenges and achievements.“I want to offer people another way to get in touch and ask me questions; whether that’s to reflect on my first year in the job or to raise a local issue that’s important to them.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has been invited to give oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children inquiry on ‘Children and the Police’.The evidence session will be held on Tuesday 5 November from 4.30 to 6.00pm in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.The theme of the evidence session is ‘developing good relationships between children and young people and the police’ and Mrs Bourne will provide opening remarks on how she listens to and works with children and young people in Sussex, including examples of good practice used by Sussex Police and recommendations on how the police could improve engagement.
Katy Bourne welcomed delegates from the ICVA (Independent Custody Visiting Association) on Saturday (2 November) at an annual conference held at the Grand Hotel, Brighton. The Commissioner, who is a huge advocate of volunteering, praised the Independent Custody Visitors, or ICVs, as they are commonly called, who visit detainees in police...
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is consulting taxpayers on the precept – policing part of the council tax for 2014/15.The Commissioner wants to know if Sussexresidents would be willing to pay an extra £4.95 a year towards reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child exploitation, strengthening the fight against cyber crime and increasing the visibility of frontline policing.Mrs Bourne said: “I have a statutory obligation to set the police budget. I fulfilled my election pledge to freeze the precept in my first year of office and, as a result, residents have paid the same amount for policing inSussexfor the last four years. However, in order to enable investment and ensure Sussex Police is sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges, I am consulting on a 3.6% increase which would add £4.95 per year per household for a Band D property.
Katy Bourne joined John Wright, Chairman and Derek Pratt, Deputy Chairman of Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation at Hove Town Hall on Saturday (26 October).  The Commissioner gave the opening address at the conference and was  presented with an award for successful partnerhsip working....
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