In the 100 days since Katy Bourne was historically sworn in as the first ever Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner a lot of work has been done. The Commissioner has drafted her Police & Crime Plan to see her through her term of office, set a budget and has frozen the policing element of the Council Tax. She has also made the decision to extend the contract of the current Chief Constable, Martin Richards.
In December the Commissioner and the Chief Constable launched a hugely successful Domestic Abuse campaign and 24 hour Tweetathon. This activity resulted in a marked increase in the reporting of domestic abuse incidents across the whole Christmas period that the campaign was running. Increased reporting of domestic abuse, serious sexual assaults and anti-social behaviour is something the Commissioner will be focusing on and encouraging more of during the coming year.
She has attended eleven 7am briefings with police officers throughout the county and has been out on shift until 3am seeing, first hand, Sussex Police policing the night time economy.
Katy Bourne commented on this: "A real highlight of my first 100 days has been meeting the public and seeing the fascinating work done by officers and staff in Sussex Police. I have been out on a number of shifts, including an evening turn with Special Constable, Martin Hovenden MBE, in Hastings. Seeing the work of the Special Constabulary first hand was invaluable.”
Special Constable, Martin Hovenden MBE, said of his shift with the Commissioner: "I was delighted to have been given the opportunity to meet with the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and discuss the Special Constabulary. The meeting went well and Katy was very supportive of some ideas that both myself and Special Constable Perez put forward. I know that she will be an asset to the Sussex Special Constabulary and the force as a whole.”
Katy Bourne also said of her first 100 days: "These first 100 days have been a whirlwind of activity and so much has been achieved. As well as getting to know the staff and officers of Sussex Police I have built strong relationships with a huge variety of partners from Council leaders to charities and victims groups.”
Divisional Manager for Victim Support, Maralyn Smith, said: "Katy Bourne's commitment to victims and witnesses since her election has been more than just words. Katy spent time at Lewes Crown Court with the Witness Service experiencing the challenges of a 'real life' day in court and then met with several victims of crime from across Sussex at Victim Support. It was clear that the day proved invaluable for all involved with volunteers feeling valued and victims and witnesses offered an opportunity to 'tell their story' to someone who is committed to making a difference.”
The Commissioner has not, however, just spent her time with partners and the police she has clocked up many hours on the road visiting various parts of the county to meet the public and community organisations.
Katy Bourne said: "Meeting the communities and public that I represent is vital to my role. I’ve done this by attending MPs’ street surgeries, local neighbourhood panel meetings, Quality Street events and speaking at a wide number of Neighbourhood Watch events and community group AGMs to name but a few. I have also had a huge amount of engagement with the public through my website, Twitter and also held the first PCC live Facebook chat in the country – for Sussex this will be the first of many.
"I am determined to continue at a pace. I look forward to implementing my Police & Crime Plan and this begins with the first intake of newly recruited Specials.”
An infographic representation of the first 100 days of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner can be downloaded here:http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/the-pcc/the-first-100-days.
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