Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner takes up new role

Katy Bourne newly elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner signs the Oath Of Impartiality marking her first day in office. Pictured with Carole Shaves vice chairman of Sussex Police Authority

Katy Bourne newly elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner signs the Oath Of Impartiality marking her first day in office. Pictured with Carole Shaves vice chairman of Sussex Police Authority Buy this photo

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The  first Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner took office yesterday (November 22)  following last week’s elections.

Katy Bourne, who stood as the Conservative candidate in Sussex, was sworn in at a ceremony at the offices of the now-defunct Sussex Police Authority in Brooks Close, Lewes.

Carole Shaves, the vice-chairman of the authority and a serving magistrate, conducted the ceremony by leading Mrs Bourne, from Ansty, through her oath.

Immediately after the ceremony, she began going about her £85,000-a-year role by meeting chief constable Martin Richards.

The police and crime commissioner has the power to hire and fire chief constables. Mrs Bourne will also set police priorities, budgets and the Sussex Police share of council tax.

After her swearing-in, she said: “I am absolutely delighted and extremely honoured to be elected to this position and I look forward to serving the people of Sussex to the best of my ability.

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10:45am Fri 23 Nov 12

rubberflipper says...

Just what the people of Sussex need - a pen-pushing, £85 000 waste of public money, leech.
Just what the people of Sussex need - a pen-pushing, £85 000 waste of public money, leech. rubberflipper
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10:49am Fri 23 Nov 12

PorkBoat says...

I wonder if they will both work together with a "Common Purpose". Just sayin' likes.
I wonder if they will both work together with a "Common Purpose". Just sayin' likes. PorkBoat
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11:23am Fri 23 Nov 12

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

Oh yes, I remember these elections. The elections where she received about 5% of the total Sussex population's support.

An election where individuals represent political parties but then swear an oath of impartiality if they win. She was born a Tory, lived her life as a Tory and will now be Chief commissioner of police and crime as a Tory. Signing an oath on a piece of paper will not change that.

Pointless election for a pointless (yet very well paid) job.
Oh yes, I remember these elections. The elections where she received about 5% of the total Sussex population's support. An election where individuals represent political parties but then swear an oath of impartiality if they win. She was born a Tory, lived her life as a Tory and will now be Chief commissioner of police and crime as a Tory. Signing an oath on a piece of paper will not change that. Pointless election for a pointless (yet very well paid) job. uniteagainstparkingcharges
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11:30am Fri 23 Nov 12

HJarrs says...

A great weakness with the system is that a good commissioner could be unreasonably swept from office due to the country turning against a party or a poor candidate elected in just because they are standing for a political party now popular.
A great weakness with the system is that a good commissioner could be unreasonably swept from office due to the country turning against a party or a poor candidate elected in just because they are standing for a political party now popular. HJarrs
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11:52am Fri 23 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt says...

HJarrs wrote:
A great weakness with the system is that a good commissioner could be unreasonably swept from office due to the country turning against a party or a poor candidate elected in just because they are standing for a political party now popular.
Which is why local politics should exclude political parties!

But this £500m nationwide 'project' has No point and No public mandate...

And what do most of the candidate's say are their priorities?..."Cutti
ng crime and catching more criminals"...

Really?...

Could they not come up with anything more original?

It just sounds like a Miss/Mr World soundbite!

Still - at least our new commissioner will have her banker hubbie to 'invest' her publicly funded package wisely!
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: A great weakness with the system is that a good commissioner could be unreasonably swept from office due to the country turning against a party or a poor candidate elected in just because they are standing for a political party now popular.[/p][/quote]Which is why local politics should exclude political parties! But this £500m nationwide 'project' has No point and No public mandate... And what do most of the candidate's say are their priorities?..."Cutti ng crime and catching more criminals"... Really?... Could they not come up with anything more original? It just sounds like a Miss/Mr World soundbite! Still - at least our new commissioner will have her banker hubbie to 'invest' her publicly funded package wisely! sbiscorrupt
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1:25pm Fri 23 Nov 12

funkyyoyo says...

waste of time
as their as corrupt as they were in the 70's not to mention a waste of taxpayers money!!!!
waste of time as their as corrupt as they were in the 70's not to mention a waste of taxpayers money!!!! funkyyoyo
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1:40pm Fri 23 Nov 12

AmboGuy says...

I wonder is she feels slightly embarrassed taking up this role knowing that so few people actually want this position to exist. Still, I guess the £85k helps her get over that.
I wonder is she feels slightly embarrassed taking up this role knowing that so few people actually want this position to exist. Still, I guess the £85k helps her get over that. AmboGuy
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2:07pm Fri 23 Nov 12

still waiting says...

Of course this post and the post-holder are going to be politically neutral. Thus, the website http://www.katybourn
e.com/ has the words uses (wholly coincidentally, I expect) conservative party colours as the background and (whoops!) the conservative logo on the home page, overlaid with the message that Katy Bourne is the Police & Crime Commissioner. The news feed on the site could, of course have come from many sources, so it has (objectively and neutrally, of course) been drawn from the conservatives.com website. So we can all be reassured that the whole process has been impartial and the new Commissioners isn't, in any way shape or form , going to be swayed by party policy. To foul up is human, but to really waste money you need the Home Office....
Of course this post and the post-holder are going to be politically neutral. Thus, the website http://www.katybourn e.com/ has the words uses (wholly coincidentally, I expect) conservative party colours as the background and (whoops!) the conservative logo on the home page, overlaid with the message that Katy Bourne is the Police & Crime Commissioner. The news feed on the site could, of course have come from many sources, so it has (objectively and neutrally, of course) been drawn from the conservatives.com website. So we can all be reassured that the whole process has been impartial and the new Commissioners isn't, in any way shape or form , going to be swayed by party policy. To foul up is human, but to really waste money you need the Home Office.... still waiting
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3:14pm Fri 23 Nov 12

worthingite says...

How long do they keep the post ?
How long do they keep the post ? worthingite
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