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A Message from Katy Bourne OBE - Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

A Message from Katy Bourne OBE - Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Hello
A major part of my PCC role is listening to local communities about their views on policing and community safety.
During the pandemic, staff in my office have set up
a series of 32 focus groups across Sussex - now involving 71 different town and parish councils - to gauge opinions and canvass views on my behalf.
The most recent groups were held in May and June, with results showing that PCSOs are engaging better than ever with local communities. In most areas they’ve been attending online council meetings and feeding back information about local policing, so that dialogue is really working well.
More police visibility is required in some areas and, alongside the force, my office is looking at ways for this to be increased. There’s also an appetite from communities in Sussex to hear more about specific work carried out by the police to combat roads issues, antisocial behaviour and drugs.
The focus group participants requested more clarity on how and when to report different types of crime and again we’re working with the force to improve this.
As part of my Talk Sussex engagement programme we’re running an online survey aimed at areas which aren’t currently covered by the focus groups.
Until Friday 23 July we’re consulting residents in Seaford and are keen to receive as many replies as possible. So if you live in Seaford and would like to give your views on local policing please take part in the survey which should take just a few minutes.
Policing response to domestic abuse during the pandemic in the spotlight
Today I held my regular Performance & Accountability Meeting with Chief Constable Shiner. HMICFRS recently released their review of policing domestic abuse during the pandemic so I posed questions about the review and its outcome to the Chief Constable and T/ACC Jones.
During the pandemic, Sussex Police introduced a new system offering domestic abuse victims the opportunity to have a virtual appointment with officers. Nearly 3,000 appointments have taken place online in just over a year, with 93% happening within 48 hours.
Most importantly, 96% of those who used the service were satisified with it, with one user commenting that it was "brilliant and quick from when I first called. Nice not to have a police car turn up to your house too."
We also discussed the Government's recent end-end rape review and the ongoing work in Sussex. I was pleased to hear more about a pilot which is currently taking place between Sussex Police & the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) focusing on the timeliness of early investigative advice in rape cases.
The pilot was launched in November 2020 and includes a strict 42-day deadline from the date of complaint to provide early advice as well as monthly pre-charge case progression clinics. As a result there has been a 47% increase in cases being referred by police.
Work is still underway and further evaluation will be available at a later date. I look forward to hearing the results once it is complete.
Katy Bourne OBE
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
You can watch the meeting held on 16th July 2021 by following this link

17 Jul 21