An update from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner - re-elected by residents ...
This week I was honoured to be re-elected to serve another term as your local Police & Crime Commissioner. It is a responsibility that I take extremely seriously and I look forward to continuing to deliver on the priorities that matter most to people across our county.
Working closely with Chief Constable Jo Shiner, 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 officers and PCSOs 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 your concerns and ideas are heard and articulated. The listening starts this week as my new programme of consultations has launched with parishes and towns, along with my Talk Sussex conversation moving online. More news on this next week.
I look forward to continuing my strong effective working relationship with the force, building on the successes already achieved - cutting crime and making Sussex an even safer place to live and work for all.
Yesterday I attended the inaugural meeting of the Government’s Pet Theft Taskforce to represent the 125,000 people who took part in my recent national survey on dog theft, voicing their concerns about this rising crime type.
I heard presentations of evidence from leading experts who came together to better understand the scale and impact of pet theft. What is already clear from my discussions with fellow PCCs and police leaders is that data sharing and analysis will be central to support an improved police response to this crime.
I want to reassure residents that we will be working to make police and partners better informed and equipped to tackle the opportunists and organised criminals involved in dog theft and puppy farming.
With more meetings of the Taskforce ahead it is too soon to say what recommendations will emerge but it was reassuring to hear that there are already technical measures and processes which could be implemented or improved.
Katy Bourne OBE
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner