Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, with an update on funding and much more ...

The first tranche of Community Safety Funding for 2019 is now open and I am inviting organisations across Sussex to bid for up to £5,000 each to help keep Sussex safe.

Since launching this scheme in December 2013, nearly £1.5 million has been allocated to support 300 crime reduction and community safety initiatives.

I know that this money makes a real difference to local people and neighbourhoods. The high numbers of bids each time shows organisations and community groups are committed to keeping Sussex a safe place in which to live.

I will be out and about in Sussex checking in with some previously funded projects to keep you all updated on where that money has been spent in your communities.

My first visit of the year will be to the WBC Cares programme in Brighton & Hove.  Working with Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove Youth Offending Team and the Amateur Boxing Gym, this course offers a 12 week boxing programme to help young people who may be at risk of violence, crime and exploitation.

The end goal is to reduce the social distance between young people and services such as the police and education departments. With anti-social behaviour reports rising in the last year and more and more young people being targeted by organised crime groups, it is important that we inject positive youth projects, like this one, back into our communities.I am looking forward to meeting the young people who have already benefitted from this intervention and their talented coaches.

The window for applications to the Community Safety Fund is open until Sunday 27 January. For more information and to apply, click here

-Two Sussex Police officers have been recognised in the New Year Honours List for their outstanding contributions to policing in the county - PC Caroline Adams and PC Bernadette Lawrie.

I have had the pleasure of working with PC Lawrie on the Force’s Operation Signature and know first-hand just how dedicated she is to protecting vulnerable victims of fraud, helping to save over £1m from falling into the hands of criminals. 

Criminals are grooming our most vulnerable, lonely and often elderly residents, robbing them of their life savings and potentially the ability to look after themselves. I’m glad that the valuable work of police officers in this area is not being overlooked.

Sussex Police are currently recruiting more contact handlers and are opening the doors of the Contact, Control and Command Centre at HQ in Lewes for applicants to go along and see the important work carried out there, before applying for the role.

A contact handler is expected to deal with a huge variety of emergency 999 calls, non-emergency 101 calls, online and social media communications. The situations they are faced with on a daily basis are as diverse as the communities they serve and they engage with people of all ages and backgrounds.

I believe that providing excellent customer service to the public is crucial in this role. They are often the first point of contact with the police for members of our communities and an improvement in the efficiency of this service over the next year will help increase public confidence in our Force as a whole.

If you feel like you have the right skills to apply for this interesting role, please cick here

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