This week the Government announced that police will be given enhanced powers to tackle livestock worrying under the Kept Animals Bill, as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne OBE, explains:.
Following a spate of local incidents where dogs have attacked or distressed sheep, I’m sure that our rural communities will welcome these new measures.
They include extending the scope of livestock species covered by the law including llamas, emus, enclosed deer and donkeys. Our Rural Crime Team will also be able to seize and remove dogs who pose a risk to livestock or have already been involved in serious incidents.
I am looking forward to the positive impact of more animal welfare plans being laid before Parliament in the coming months.
As the National Policing Lead for Business Crime I was asked to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the expansion of the Boots CCTV Monitoring Centre (CMC) in Nottingham on Wednesday.
It has been at the forefront of CCTV monitoring since its inception five years ago and Boots unveiled a significant expansion, more than doubling its capacity, now with more than 1,000 stores connected 24 hours a day.
The CMC team will help disrupt incidents real-time in store, from anti-social behaviour to shoplifting, providing more intelligence to policing nationally than ever before.
We can’t simply arrest our way out of the retail crime wave engulfing high street and smaller local stores - we need a blended approach of prevention, deterrence and enforcement. I will be encouraging my PCC colleagues to support and protect their local businesses by ensuring retail crime is recorded accurately and responded to.
Policing the delayed roadmap out of lockdown
With the Prime Minister announcing on Monday that England will not proceed to Step 4 of the Covid roadmap, I know that many residents will be disappointed and frustrated with this delay in lifting restrictions.
In my Performance & Accountability meeting with Chief Constable Shiner today I asked how her officers are preparing to meet any challenges this delay may pose and how they intend to communicate to the public at this time?
She explained how the force will continue with the ‘Four Es’ approach - engaging, explaining, encouraging and, as a last resort, enforcement. She assured that her officers were always prepared to respond to either the delay of, or the lifting of, restrictions.
The demand for policing locally is, in some areas, above that of pre-Covid levels and officers and staff are working around the clock to keep us all safe.
Also, on today’s agenda was the somewhat controversial topic of the use of electric scooters. Currently, Sussex is not one of the areas taking part in the trial of these scooters and I have received an influx in correspondence to my office from residents concerned about their safety as they see more and more people using them illegally on our roads and pavements.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Dando took the opportunity in today’s meeting to make it clear that residents are only permitted to use electric scooters on private land that is not accessible to the public – not on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements.
Using public reports, the force is currently tracking ‘hotspots’ where they have found repeated use of electric scooters. As a result, an operation is soon to be launched in West Sussex with officers actively in local communities explaining legislation.
The Department for Transport has set out rules around the use of private electric scooters – if caught you could face a fine, points on your licence and your scooter could be impounded.
I asked what people should do if they see someone using an electric scooter where they shouldn’t be and the answer was clear - report it to 101 or online and Sussex Police will deal with it.
Other topics discussed today included anti-social behaviour and crime data integrity. You can watch the entire meeting on catch-up here.