UK’s first Elders’ Commission will advise Sussex PCC on police and crime issues


PCC Katy Bourne has today (12 January) launched the UK’s first Elders’ Commission as part of a rolling county-wide “Big Conversation” about policing and crime issues.

“The Sussex Elders’ Commission is an opportunity for older residents to support, challenge and inform my work as Police and Crime Commissioner”, said Mrs Bourne.

“I want to hear from local people aged 60 plus who have been affected by crimes including financial coercion and other forms of abuse. I also want to hear from people who are worried about crime especially anti-social behaviour. Commission members could have direct experiences of the police and justice system or you may have innovative ideas about community safety and suggestions for improving policing services.”

“We are building on the successful model of the Sussex Youth Commission which is enabling young people to get involved and influence the future of policing in the county. Youth Commission members are now working with dedicated teams of Sussex police officers to implement recommendations that arose from 2000 conversations with young people last year.”

“Elders’ Commission members will be encouraged to use their own contacts and networks to reach out across Sussex via a series of conversations and workshops.

“Commission members will decide on four or five strands to explore through further conversations and research, leading to a series of recommendations to be presented to me and the Chief Constable in the autumn.”

“We want to recruit Commission members aged 60 or over who have an interest in how their communities are policed and who understand some of the biggest concerns of their peers.

“My Office will work alongside the Elders’ Commission to help with meeting rooms, transport and refreshments, and with training and support in research and running workshops and in modern communication methods.

“The closing date for applications is Monday 16 February, so if you are interested in becoming a member please complete the application form on our Elders’ Commission page on our website or contact my office direct on 01273 481 561.”

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