Steve Waight has announced he will stand down as Sussex Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner. The move will see him pursue other opportunities outside of the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner.Confirming the decision taken by Mr Waight, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “Steve has informed me that, due to personal reasons, he has decided not to continue in his role as Deputy.“This means he will leave the team early September, after working through his notice period.“I am sorry to see Steve go and would like to thank him for the enormous contribution he has made during the early establishment of my office. I wish him every success for the future and look forward to continuing to work with him in his role as a West Sussex County Councillor.”
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A series of live events across Sussex are set to launch for 10 days next week, giving people an insight into how the police really works. This is the first time a police force has opened up different areas to members of the public, both online and in person, for 10 consecutive days. It follows on from the success of the 24 hour live event in 2011 which reached more than 80,000 people with web chats, interactive walkabouts and access-all-areas cameras – also a first for the police.From Friday July 26 to Saturday, August 3, there will be over 25 events running. People will be able to visit stations, watch live broadcasts and take part in webchats to allowing people see exactly what the police can be involved in day to day.
Sussex Police has become the first police force in the country to gain White Ribbon Award status.It has been awarded in recognition of its commitment to the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), a global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am championing the issue of domestic abuse as a priority in my role and it is a key focus in our Police and Crime Plan. I am working closely with Chief Constable Martin Richards to ensure that all Sussex officers and staff demonstrate their commitment to the campaign through the wearing of a white ribbon lapel pin and a number of other initiatives to raise awareness.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has commented today on a report from HMIC into Sussex Police’s response to the funding challenge.“I welcome HMIC’s input and scrutiny into the details around Sussex’s response to the funding challenges set in the last comprehensive spending review. I am pleased that the report shows areas where the Force is to be commended; 81% of people surveyed said they felt safer in Sussex compared to two years ago and, in the last year, the number of victims satisfied with the service provided by Sussex Police is well above the national average.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has joined Sussex Police in launching Operation Magpie – an initiative formed to tackle burglary in the county.The first phase of Operation Magpie has begun by denying the use of roads to burglars. Officers will carry out spot checks on vehicles in locations across Sussex to prevent burglary and detect crime where it has taken place.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The increase in burglaries was a consistent theme highlighted during numerous meetings I had with residents across Sussex so I raised this at my regular accountability meetings with the Chief Constable.“I am now confident that Sussex Police is proactively tackling this issue and that good progress is being made. Operation Magpie will directly target those who travel into Sussex and those within the county who commit burglary. Among the other strands of the operation is a crackdown on those handling and selling stolen goods and further operations are planned over the coming months.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, attended the launch of Hastings Business Watch Scheme this week (Wednesday 26 June), which aims to help reduce the number of crimes affecting the business community by improving communication between business communities and Sussex Police to prevent and detect crime.Commenting on the scheme, Mrs Bourne said: “Business Watch enables local businesses to work more effectively with the police and local authorities to create safe and stable business environments.“Reducing business crime is fundamental to further investment, which supports employment and economic prosperity, and I will be working with the Chief Constable to ensure that consistent levels of support, access to information, and approaches to engagement are demonstrated by the police to all businesses experiencing crime and antisocial behaviour across Sussex.”
The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable have unveiled plans for police buildings that will improve the accessibility and visibility of neighbourhood policing.Over the next five years Sussex Police will be strengthening the role of Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) by introducing further local bases for officers out in the community and improving the Force’s use of technology.The five year plan is being introduced following a review of more than 100 Force buildings – from Lewes HQ to smaller police stations – to look at how Sussex Police can improve service whilst making savings.Unveiling the plans on Tuesday (June 25) Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “We’ve conducted a complete review to ensure the Sussex Police estate is fit for purpose and fit for the future.
The vital work of Sussex Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers has been recognised with a host of prestigious awards and applauded by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.Mrs Bourne, said: “I would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers who help make Sussex a safer place to live and pass on my congratulations to the Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers who have been recognised for their vital work. Whilst they do not seek or expect reward, it is especially pleasing that this dedication and commitment has been recognised at a national level.”
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