Hit the ground running

I am now more than two weeks into my new role as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and I have certainly had to hit the ground running.

I am pleased to have already met with a huge variety of people from the public to partners and the police.

I have also begun to look at the budget for next year and have started to draft my police and crime plan.

Some people have questioned how one person can do all this, or if I am going to be working full-time.

To this I say I am absolutely working full-time in my role as PCC and I have a small team of people supporting me, who transferred over from the previous police authority’s administration.

There has also been much comment on the election turnout but we have to remember that although some people may have stayed away from the polls, almost 200,000 people made their mark in this historic election – and that told me they care about policing and crime in Sussex.

My success as PCC will depend on my understanding of Sussex and its residents, and shaping the police force accordingly.

I want residents to know I am an accessible commissioner and a strong voice for local people in the fight against crime.

I look forward to being re-elected on this promise.

With this in mind, and as I set about drafting the policing budget and the police and crime plan, I want your readers to tell me their priorities: what matters to them and what I can do to make people feel Safer in Sussex.

I will be attending street surgeries over the coming months so I can meet as many local people as possible, but in the meantime I can also be contacted via www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk, by email spcc@sussex-pcc.gov.uk or on 01273 481561.

Katy Bourne

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner