TIM DREW: Katy will focus on community issues

A MOVE away from targets in favour of performance-led policing, the identification of four key areas of community concern, working in partnership with volunteer associations and victim support were among the topics covered by police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne in her address at a well-attended open meeting of the Worthing Neighbourhood Watch Association at the Heene Community Centre on Tuesday, June 25.

Mrs Bourne emphasised that her role, which replaced that of the now defunct Sussex Police Authority, was not only to hold the chief constable to account and to optimise the use of resources, but also to engage the community so as to ascertain its priorities.

These had been established as community safety, with the need to rein in anti-social behaviour; road safety; the issue of domestic abuse and violence, with its potential for wrecking the lives of children; and value for money.

Delivering the Neighbourhood Policing Team’s report, Inspector Allan Lowe thanked Neighbourhood Watch for all its efforts in supporting the police and said that its help was increasingly required, with thefts from sheds, and of bicycles, rising.

Two operations were in progress: Operation Velo, which is aimed at marking and registering pedal cycles, and Operation Arrow, which targets drug trafficking.

Drug dealers are known to come in by train from London, and success in tackling this problem will be of major importance in reducing crime in Worthing as a whole.

The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting for Tarring ward will be held on Tuesday at West Worthing Baptist Church in South Tarring. Thereafter, surgeries will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at Durrington Library, Salvington Road, between 10am to 3.30pm (PCSO Yvonne Mortlock. Salvington ward); on Thursday, July 11, at the bowling club, 78 Pavilion Road, Worthing, between 11am and noon (PCSO Cathy Dines, Gaisford ward); and on Friday, July 12, at the Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, between 2-3pm (PCSO Elaine Tullett, Marine ward).