The unprecedented circumstances of the drone incident at Gatwick Airport in December caused massive disruption and distress to thousands of people. Since then, a number of questions have been raised around the readiness of police and partner agencies to manage this type of eventuality.
Knife Crime: Is it a problem in West Sussex?
The evidence shows that whilst overall crime continues to fall, knife crime has risen since 2014 across virtually all police force areas in England and Wales. These increases have been accompanied by a shift towards young victims and perpetrators. But is knife crime an issue in Sussex and more importantly what do our young people have to say about it?
Pledging support for Project EDWARD
Road safety remains a key priority for Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne which is why she's supporting the European Day Without a Road Death (Project EDWARD) on Thursday 26th September. The day aims to encourage drivers to pledge to be extra vigilant and improve safety on our roads.
A weekend for families to reconnect
Vulnerable young people aged 10-14 at risk of being criminalised have been given a unique opportunity to reconnect with their families.
Today Nick Hunt, Serious Violence Lead for the Home Office, attended a REBOOT meeting at the PCC’s office in Sussex. He praised this unique scheme which is already working with nearly 400 vulnerable young people.
Stop-and-search powers under the spotlight
Stop and search powers are under the spotlight at Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) this Friday (13 September).
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne addressed the Police Superintendents’ Association National conference in Stratford-on-Avon today, sharing a platform with NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt where she outlined her role on the new National Policing Board which is overseeing the planned recruitment of 20k police officers.
Vulnerable victims and witnesses across Sussex no longer have to face their perpetrator in court
Victims and witnesses can now give court evidence remotely from newly opened victim suites in central and East Sussex.
As part of Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne's Early Intervention Youth Programme, REBOOT, funding was given to five identified ‘hot spot’ areas across Sussex. Hastings received £20,000 of this money to bolster existing youth services and activities to help keep local children off the streets and safely out of trouble.
As chair of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) Sussex PCC Katy Bourne has issued the following statement following the death of PC Andrew Harper of Thames Valley Police