Sussex PCC Swears In

Thursday 12th May 2016

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Today (12 May) Katy Bourne officially took up the position of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mrs Bourne swore her oath infront of the of the High Sheriffs for East and West Sussex and also set out her key priorities.

These included investing savings to boost frontline policing, improving the police response to all types of abuse including elder abuse and making it easier for the public to access justice.

Mrs Bourne said, "My promise is that where we can find savings within reduced budgets we will invest those into neighbourhood policing because that is what the public in Sussex have said is important to them.

"Sussex Police has made great strides in tackling domestic abuse, child abuse and child sexual exploitation but going forward, Sussex residents have also said they want us to look at elder abuse. We have an increasing older population, particularly in our coastal and rural areas, and abuse of our elderly is something that I will be looking to Sussex Police to have a particular focus upon.

She pointed to financial coercion and abuse, scams of theft and fraud as well as cybercrime.

"I also want to improve access to justice for members of the public," said Mrs Bourne.

"Police officers can now give evidence into magistrates courts direct from police stations which saves huge amounts of officer time. But I also want to improve access to justice for the public as well.

"This will enable members of the public to give evidence from public buildings in the future without the need to travel long distances to sit around in court all day. This is really opening up the justice system to members of the public and making it fairer for all."

Here is a short excerpt from the @SussexPCC Periscope live feed from the moment, which they have kindly allowed us to use.

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