An update from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne OBE who met with local charity Reformed East Sussex (RES) to award them £15,000 from my Community Safety Fund. This money will help them continue to support the rehabilitation of offenders and substance misusers across Sussex.
What makes them unique is that each support worker is able to draw on their own experiences of crime and addiction to help others build a brighter future. Founded five years ago by CEO Charmaine Sewell, RES has helped almost 600 people with education, training and employment.
She says: "Nobody wakes up and thinks 'I'm going to be a criminal'. It's due to circumstances, addiction or environment. I try to empower people to achieve positive change in their lives through volunteering, training and employment opportunities.”
This project crucially aims to prevent re-offending and future victims. By working to break the cycle of offending behaviour they are, in turn, alleviating the strain placed on probation.
Taking a proactive approach to securing the future of this Community Interest Company, Charmaine has also set up a cleaning business next door to its offices. It employs ex-offenders, and ploughs all the profits back into its rehabilitation wo
I have been running a series of online polls, alongside my Talk Sussex programme, to find out what policing issues are of real concern to Sussex communities. In the initial poll, those who voted highlighted tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) as one of their top priorities.
I am now running another poll (due to close on 4th July) to find out what aspect of ASB is affecting our communities the most. Currently 44% of those who have voted are telling me this is 'driving inconsiderately'. To have your say, click here.
Over the last ten years, the number of people killed or seriously injured on Sussex roads has remained at around 1000 each year. This is a sobering statistic. Tackling anti-social/dangerous driving remains a priority for Sussex Police and I started this week by joining officers at a roadside to see Operation Dragonfly in action.
This is Sussex Police’s biannual crackdown on drink and/or drug drivers. The Force dedicates resources to the campaign during summer and at Christmas, when social occasions are at their peak. However, this is in addition to responding to reports 365 days a year.
Those who kill or seriously injure others when over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions. The message is clear - drink OR drive - don’t take the risk and do both, even if you have had ‘only one drink’.
You can report incidents of anti-social driving here.
Katy Bourne OBE
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner