Friday 15 November will mark one year since Katy Bourne was elected the first ever Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Reflecting on why she was drawn to the role Mrs Bourne, who lives in Mid Sussex with husband Kevin and two grown-up sons, said: “I saw this as a unique opportunity to represent the public’s interests in the fight against crime.
“I believe everyone in Sussex has the right to feel safe on the streets and in their homes, which is why my Police & Crime Plan reflects the priorities that local people have told me matter to them; driving down crime; putting victims first, increasing public confidence in the police and value for money.
“I regularly meet with members of the public and I know that visible policing is a key priority which is why I have opened recruitment - for the first time in three years - for 80 new police officers, 30 PCSOs and 120 Special Constables.
“As PCC, it is my job to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public. My monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM) with the Chief Constable is webcast live and the issues that I raise with him represent local people’s concerns. These meetings have already been viewed by over 2,500 people. To view please click https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/webcasting/
Commenting on her achievements during the first year in office Mrs Bourne is proud to highlight her role in driving Sussex Police’s response to dealing with victims of domestic abuse. This has resulted in Sussex Police being recognised with White Ribbon status - the first police force in England and Wales to achieve this award.
“I was elected on a manifesto pledge to tackle domestic abuse and this will remain a key priority during my term in office. Domestic abuse is still largely a hidden crime, occurring behind closed doors. I am fully supportive of the work of Sussex Police and our partners as they strengthen efforts to change the culture of abuse and behaviour and ensure that victims do not suffer in silence.”
Further achievements in her first year include:
* Crime has continued to fall in Sussex - since taking office, overall recorded crime in Sussex has reduced by 8.7%.
* Police estates strategy - launching a five-year, £20million investment programme to ensure the Sussex Police estate and buildings are fit for purpose and fit for the future.
* Tackling a rise in burglary - joining Sussex Police to launch Operation Magpie, denying the use of roads to burglars and targeting those handling and selling stolen goods.
* Collaboration - making a commitment to working more closely with Surrey Police across all areas of the business to provide both police forces with greater resilience and improved services that are better value for money and keep communities safe.
Looking ahead to the future, Mrs Bourne said: “Crime in Sussex continues to fall, which is welcome news but I am not complacent. I will be working with the police and partners to ensure they deliver an efficient and effective service so we can all feel safer in Sussex.”
On Friday 15 November between 12.30 and 1.30pm members of the public will have an opportunity to submit questions to the Commissioner during a live webcast. Questions can also be submitted in advance by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.