Katy Bourne, has welcomed new measures that have come into force via the Crime and Courts Act to target people who drive while under the influence of drugs.The offence, introduced to the Crime and Courts Bill, which achieved Royal Assent last week, was one of the priorities in Mrs Bourne’s campaign manifesto.Commenting on the changes to the legislation, Katy Bourne said: “During my election campaign I pledged to lobby Government to make driving under the influence of drugs as equally unacceptable as drink driving.“Residents have told me that road safety is their main concern and I am determined to tackle this problem during my term in office.”
Katy Bourne took part in the West Sussex Youth Cabinet meeting at County Hall, Chichester this week (15 April 2013). She was invited by Youth Cabinet member for Burgess Hill, Nikki Martin, who has a keen interest in policing. Nikki took part in the public consultations leading up to the PCC elections last year and has maintained her involvement in the process: “I want to make sure young people’s policing needs are included so that we are seen as active members of our communities. The PCC has shown us that she wants to listen to young people as she stayed for the whole of our two hour meeting.”During the meeting Mrs Bourne, the Youth Cabinet, Youth MPs and their deputies discussed strategies for reaching young people. The group were able to recommend joint consultation with Youth Cabinets in West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove as a way of reaching young people’s views on policing.
Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, is backing a week-long campaign, which starts today (Monday 15 April), to make drivers more aware of the dangers of speeding.Officers will be carrying out checks across Sussex at fixed enforcement sites as well as locally identified problem areas.Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “I am fully supportive of the work carried out by the police and partners to improve road safety and reduce the number of casualties across Sussex through education, engineering and enforcement.“I would like to see communities becoming more involved in playing their part in making Sussex safer through initiatives such as Community Speed Watch and supporting Operation Crackdown. Safer roads and communities can be created by working together and sharing the roads responsibly.”
Two senior appointments made by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne have been approved by a watchdog body. The Sussex Police and Crime Panel has written to Mrs Bourne endorsing John Eagles as Chief Finance Officer, and Mark Streater as Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer.The panel’s role is to examine plans and decisions made by the Commissioner. Her office began work almost five months ago when it replaced the Sussex Police Authority.Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted that the Police & Crime Panel has endorsed my decision to appoint John Eagles and Mark Streater in the statutory positions of Chief Finance Officer and Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer within my Office.“John has previously been acting as my Chief Finance Officer on an interim basis and Mark spent over 28 years at Sussex Police before joining the Metropolitan Police Service in 2011. Together they bring a wealth of experience and will provide invaluable support to my team.”
Today (2 April) Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, launches her first ever Police & Crime Plan. This plan sets out the Commissioner’s key strategic objectives for Sussex. The plan lays out how, in partnership, the Commissioner will tackle these priorities within her term of office.The four key priority areas for Sussex are:Crime and community safetyVictim focusPublic confidenceValue for money
Katy Bourne, High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex, a former naval officer and magistrate in Brighton and president of the local St John Ambulance are among those participating in a charity event next week to support Sussex Crimestoppers and Sussex’s Old Police Cells Museum, based in Brighton.Jail and Bail will see participants locked up in the Museum in the bowels of Brighton Town Hall on Tuesday March 19.Katy Bourne said: “It is important that services like Crimestoppers and other local charities such as the Old Police Cells Museum are supported and I am delighted to be able to take part in this event. I am glad so many other local figures have also agreed to take part and I am looking forward to sharing a cell with them in the name of charity.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has lived up to her election promise and frozen the policing element of the Council Tax, in Sussex, for the coming financial year. This means that Taxpayers in Sussex will pay only £138.42 for a Band D property, which is the same as in the previous two years.The Commissioner said: “I am delighted to be able to deliver this freeze on the Council Tax for policing in Sussex, a promise I was elected on. Before the election I spent time modelling budgets and studying the finances that I would inherit. Despite the financial circumstances that policing, and the public sector in general, is facing Sussex Police has prepared well for the shortfall in funding and it is on this basis that I have been able to see this promise through whilst still being able to deliver an effective and efficient police force.”
Katy Bourne has demonstrated her commitment to engage positively with young people in Sussex and promote their interests by signing up to the PCC Youth Charter: The Charter sets out principles for good youth engagement for Police & Crime Commissioners, all of which have come from young people.The Charter has been written by a Youth Advisory Group made up of young people from the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), User Voice, Big Voice London and Kirklees Youth Council and through wider consultation with young people across England and Wales.Commenting on her promise to help shape methods of youth engagement Katy Bourne said: “By signing the Youth Charter I have pledged to consider young people’s views when making key decisions and including them in this process.”
In the 100 days since Katy Bourne was historically sworn in as the first ever Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner a lot of work has been done. The Commissioner has drafted her Police & Crime Plan to see her through her term of office, set a budget and has frozen the policing element of the Council Tax. She has also made the decision to extend the contract of the current Chief Constable, Martin Richards.Katy Bourne said of her first 100 days: “These first 100 days have been a whirlwind of activity and so much has been achieved. As well as getting to know the staff and officers of Sussex Police I have built strong relationships with a huge variety of partners from Council leaders to charities and victims groups.”
Special Constable Martin Hovenden, awarded an MBE for 31 years of voluntary service to Sussex police received his award from Her Majesty the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (February 13).Martin, who also works full-time as a public enquiry supervisor at Hastings police station, joined the force as a special constable in Rye in September 1981. Since that time he has put in well over 20,000 hours performing his role. In addition to this, he worked with police cadets for ten years and is regularly cited as an inspiration to young people who choose policing as a career.On receiving his award Martin said: “It was a momentous day and I was very proud and privileged to be presented my MBE by the Queen. I felt honoured to have been selected to receive such a prestigious award for a job I enjoy doing.”
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