Conservative Katy Bourne re-elected as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
Conservative Katy Bourne has been re-elected as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner for a third term.
Voting took place on Thursday alongside the county council elections, with counting today (Monday May 10).
She said: “I’m really delighted and honoured to be re-elected by the people of Sussex and to represent them.
“We will continue with the work we have already been doing to recruit more police officers, because that’s what local people want, to continue developing our rural crime team, to continue developing our business crime team as well and I would also very much like to say a huge thank you to returning officer Geoff Raw and his amazing team of staff who you can hear downstairs packing away. It has been a very, very long day for all of them so a big thank you for all you have done for this.
“And also a huge thank you to my team. I would not be able to be here without them.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to work first thing tomorrow to deliver for the people of Sussex.
“Lastly a big thank you to all my competitors as well, particularly to Paul who is the Labour candidate who has put up a great fight and it’s been an absolute pleasure to share the journey of the campaign with.”
Since no candidates polled above 50 per cent of first preference votes, it went to a run-off between the top two candidates Mrs Bourne and Labour’s Paul Richards.
After the eliminated candidates’ second preferences were counted, Ms Bourne finished comfortably in first place and was then elected.
The commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan.
She has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives including restorative justice and crime reduction grants.
Mrs Bourne has pledged to continue to work with Chief Constable Jo Shiner to address the public’s priorities set out in the Police & Crime Plan:
She added: “We will make sure that Sussex Police addresses the Government’s new policing measures to tackle homicide, serious violence, drug supply, neighbourhood violence and cybercrime, as well as continuing to recruit even more police officers to increase frontline policing.
“Locally, I will also drive a relentless focus on tackling anti-social behaviour; on business crime and rural crime - including pet theft; on making the roads safer for residents; supporting even more victims of crime; and working with partners to reduce re-offending.
“I remain committed to delivering for all Sussex residents and making sure their concerns and ideas are heard and articulated. The listening starts this week as my programme of consultations has launched with parishes and districts, followed by county-wide surveys and focus groups addressing specific local issues.”
Full results: Jamie Bennett (Liberal Democrats) - 63,271 votes.
Kahina Suzanna Bouhassane (Green Party) - 60,781.
Katy Elizabeth Bourne (Conservative) - 214,523 (first preference votes) 30,287 (second preference votes), 244,810 (total votes)
Paul Adrian Richards (Labour and Co-operative Party) 84,736 (first preference votes), 43,523 (second preference), 128,259 (total votes).
Roy Thomas Williams (Independent) - 30,408.
Rejected ballots - 11,331.