Commissioner invites residents to have their say
2nd July 2014
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Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is giving residents an opportunity to have a say on how safe they feel in Sussex and share their views on local policing and crime in Sussex.

Mrs Bourne is inviting residents to meet her and members of her team at the 999 Weekend taking place at the Western Lawns, Eastbourne (5-6th July).

She said: "I am delighted to be opening the 999 event on Saturday as it provides an ideal platform for all our emergency services to demonstrate what they do best. It is also the perfect opportunity to launch my programme of ‘Talk Sussex’ events, which will be taking place over the coming year, in each district and borough.

"The essence of my role as your Police and Crime Commissioner is to be a public voice for policing and crime in Sussex. I ensure that your concerns inform how policing services are delivered and I seek solutions to local issues through regular performance meetings with the Chief Constable and his senior team.

"I would like to continue to broaden and improve my engagement with all communities in Sussex so that more people than ever can contribute their ideas and enthusiasm for dealing with the issues that matter most to them.

"In our recent online poll, residents told me that second to receiving our weekly newsletter, they appreciate face to face meetings and the opportunity to talk. When trialled at South of England this programme went down particularly well with residents finding interactive elements fair better than your standard survey.”

Mrs Bourne will be at the event on Saturday from 11am-1pm. Representatives from the Commissioner’s office will also be on hand over the weekend to capture residents’ opinions and experiences on community safety and where they would like to see further investment in the police.

The event will also be a chance for the Sussex Youth Commission to engage with young people as part of their ‘Big Conversation’ on policing and crime, which will inform, challenge and support the Police & Crime Plan, as well as direct future youth engagement in Sussex.

TVS will be launching their new local television channel and living streaming the entire event, as well as interviewing senior leaders such as the Commissioner.

A full list of upcoming ‘Talk Sussex’ dates can be found online ( If you are unable to attend a local event but would still like to have your say please complete the short online survey about policing and crime in your area and join the conversation on Twitter using the hash tag #TalkSussex

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