Your Interview: Katy Bourne

The Argus: Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

In our new weekly feature your Interview, we give you, our readers, the chance to ask key figures across Sussex the questions you want answered. This week Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner KATY BOURNE answers your questions.

Question: The turnout at the elections was so low, how can you feel that you really represent the people of Sussex?

Katy Bourne (KB): I have pledged to work hard for all the residents of Sussex regardless of whether they voted or not.

I was elected to be the voice for local people in the fight against crime and I intend to meet and listen to as many individuals, families, businesses and communities as possible during my time as commissioner, in order to represent them and their needs when it comes to policing and crime.

Question: Doesn’t the turnout show that people didn’t want this post in the first place? Why is this going to be any better than the system we had before?

(KB): Few people knew about the system that existed before and, although some people may have stayed away from the polls, we have to remember that nearly 200,000 people didn’t.

That tells us that there are a huge amount of people out there who do care about policing and crime in their local area.

Since taking office I have also been inundated with correspondence from the public, from those who did and those who didn’t vote, about a whole variety of issues, and this tells me people do care and do want a say.

Question: As a Conservative, aren’t you just going to do what your party policy is? What will happen if you get a Labour Home Secretary and you are at odds with the government?

KB: I will always make sure that the people of Sussex come first in whatever I do and whatever decisions I make - this would be the case no matter who was in government.

I stood in the election as a Conservative because I share many of the values of the Conservative Party – with approx 1.2 million voters in Sussex, it was a way for those people that I had not managed to reach during the campaign to understand what I stood for when they went into the polling booth.

I have also said that it is now time to park the politics of the election and get on with the job in hand and that is exactly what I am doing.

Question: After all the funding cuts and more to come, how are you going to make sure you can cut crime? And will you guarantee no more police officer posts will go?

KB: I think it is important to note that making savings is not always about making cuts.

Sussex Police is in a better position financially than some other forces and is well prepared for the challenges ahead.

Efficient budgeting, less bureaucracy and effective procurement will help to protect numbers just as preventative work in conjunction with other organisations, will help to reduce crime.

I am also keen to see roll-outs of pilots that have proven successful in making efficiencies so far, and I am supportive of the ongoing estates review to see where better use of buildings and sharing with partners can be developed further to both make savings and improve public accessibility to their local neighbourhood policing teams.

Question: Everyone knows the police wastes lots of money, so what are you going to do to make them more efficient and bring them in to the 21st Century?

KB: A lot of work has been done to ensure that inefficiencies and waste are driven out of Sussex Police.

There are better ways that Sussex Police can work to make sure their officers spend as much time in the community as possible.

For example, the piloting of hand-held computer tablets has allowed officers to remain out ‘on the beat’ using the latest technology to log incidents without having to return to the station. This is something I am keen to see rolled out across the force.

Question: Hillsborough and the phone-hacking scandal are examples of police-vested interests corrupting their decisions. How can you ensure strong oversight?

KB: The circumstances around Hillsborough and the phone-hacking scandal are deeply regrettable and tragic for the victims involved, and it is right that these have been brought to light and that those responsible are held to account.

I am determined that Sussex police will continue to operate effectively and efficiently and that the values I have embraced during my professional career – hard work, integrity and fairness – underpin everything we do together.

It is also important to note that the Chief Constable has operational independence over the force but that I will expect to be briefed on major incidents and operations and will hold the Chief Constable to account for the actions of his officers and staff at all times. In the interests of transparency, my decisions and work will be published online at www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

Question: Can you really keep yourself independent of chief officers while you have to rely on the information being brought to you by those officers for your decisions?

KB: We may use the same data and information brought to us by the force, but I am able to maintain an independent oversight on policing in Sussex by having my own expert analysis and oversight of that data, and also by speaking to the public about their experiences.

See the latest news headlines from The Argus:

More news from The Argus

Follow @brightonargus

The Argus: Daily Echo on Facebook - facebook.com/southerndailyecho Like us on Facebook

The Argus: Google+ Add us to your circles on Google+

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:32pm Sat 8 Dec 12

AmboGuy says...

Katy are you concerned that so many people in the city viewed the Police Commisioner position as an unnecessary role and a waste of tax payers money and that so few people bothered to vote ?
Katy are you concerned that so many people in the city viewed the Police Commisioner position as an unnecessary role and a waste of tax payers money and that so few people bothered to vote ? AmboGuy

10:03pm Sat 8 Dec 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I voted but not for her as I wanted someone in power who would stop all the illegal hunting that goes on in East Sussex. I did contact Katy about hunting before the election but never received a reply - exactly what I expected from a Conservative as they are all for repealing the Hunting Act and making it legal again - disgusting in my opinion.

I voted for the independent candidate as he bothered to reply to me and sounded the most geniuine to do something about it - I also believe politics should be left out of the police force and think an independent candidate would have been much better for the job - it's a shame others didn't bother to vote.
I voted but not for her as I wanted someone in power who would stop all the illegal hunting that goes on in East Sussex. I did contact Katy about hunting before the election but never received a reply - exactly what I expected from a Conservative as they are all for repealing the Hunting Act and making it legal again - disgusting in my opinion. I voted for the independent candidate as he bothered to reply to me and sounded the most geniuine to do something about it - I also believe politics should be left out of the police force and think an independent candidate would have been much better for the job - it's a shame others didn't bother to vote. getThisCoalitionOut

4:56pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I wrote to Sussex Police asking what their criteria for 'anti-social behaviour' is and who decides when an issue is a non-criminal act of anti-social behaviour and when it is a criminal act.
This should be straightforward, however, three months later I am still asking for a response.
I asked this as over the past decade my neighbours and I have reported numerous cases of criminal acts committed by students which Sussex Police have failed to respond to and we believe that the police are choosing to leave these issues to be managed by the colleges or ignore them as they are 'students' and therefore, these acts are just 'japes'.
However, if these acts were committed by non students of the same age from Moulsecoomb/Hangleto
n/ Whitehawk or other parts of the city, police would deal with them very differently and we believe they would be more likely to face criminal charges.
This can be seen from the court lists at Brighton Magistrates Court.
So Ms Bourne, can you please ensure all crimes are treated equally.
I wrote to Sussex Police asking what their criteria for 'anti-social behaviour' is and who decides when an issue is a non-criminal act of anti-social behaviour and when it is a criminal act. This should be straightforward, however, three months later I am still asking for a response. I asked this as over the past decade my neighbours and I have reported numerous cases of criminal acts committed by students which Sussex Police have failed to respond to and we believe that the police are choosing to leave these issues to be managed by the colleges or ignore them as they are 'students' and therefore, these acts are just 'japes'. However, if these acts were committed by non students of the same age from Moulsecoomb/Hangleto n/ Whitehawk or other parts of the city, police would deal with them very differently and we believe they would be more likely to face criminal charges. This can be seen from the court lists at Brighton Magistrates Court. So Ms Bourne, can you please ensure all crimes are treated equally. Maxwell's Ghost

7:54pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Cycling commuter says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
I wrote to Sussex Police asking what their criteria for 'anti-social behaviour' is and who decides when an issue is a non-criminal act of anti-social behaviour and when it is a criminal act.
This should be straightforward, however, three months later I am still asking for a response.
I asked this as over the past decade my neighbours and I have reported numerous cases of criminal acts committed by students which Sussex Police have failed to respond to and we believe that the police are choosing to leave these issues to be managed by the colleges or ignore them as they are 'students' and therefore, these acts are just 'japes'.
However, if these acts were committed by non students of the same age from Moulsecoomb/Hangleto

n/ Whitehawk or other parts of the city, police would deal with them very differently and we believe they would be more likely to face criminal charges.
This can be seen from the court lists at Brighton Magistrates Court.
So Ms Bourne, can you please ensure all crimes are treated equally.
What crimes are you referring too? I'm quite interested.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: I wrote to Sussex Police asking what their criteria for 'anti-social behaviour' is and who decides when an issue is a non-criminal act of anti-social behaviour and when it is a criminal act. This should be straightforward, however, three months later I am still asking for a response. I asked this as over the past decade my neighbours and I have reported numerous cases of criminal acts committed by students which Sussex Police have failed to respond to and we believe that the police are choosing to leave these issues to be managed by the colleges or ignore them as they are 'students' and therefore, these acts are just 'japes'. However, if these acts were committed by non students of the same age from Moulsecoomb/Hangleto n/ Whitehawk or other parts of the city, police would deal with them very differently and we believe they would be more likely to face criminal charges. This can be seen from the court lists at Brighton Magistrates Court. So Ms Bourne, can you please ensure all crimes are treated equally.[/p][/quote]What crimes are you referring too? I'm quite interested. Cycling commuter

11:53pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Three students being caught pushing my motorbike down the road and then when I caught up with them they shoved it down on the ground and run off to their property and been identified. Fairings and rear light wrecked.
Two students last year caught walking over cars denting the roofs of two neighbours opposite, students climbing over our flat roofs and pulling guttering down, a wall pushed over during a party at which a viscious fight broke out and girls crying and screaming.
One student property having a dealer turn up several times a week. This individual was eventually dealt with by a local chap who followed the van to his home as the police failed to act on the info.
That's a few things in the past few years.
No charges ever brought in any case despite those involved admitting bring involved.
So what is anti social behaviour/crime and a private matter for us to pursue in a county court or via our insurance.
As a journalist I've found this poor response interesting and wonder what the response rates are for varying post codes.
Three students being caught pushing my motorbike down the road and then when I caught up with them they shoved it down on the ground and run off to their property and been identified. Fairings and rear light wrecked. Two students last year caught walking over cars denting the roofs of two neighbours opposite, students climbing over our flat roofs and pulling guttering down, a wall pushed over during a party at which a viscious fight broke out and girls crying and screaming. One student property having a dealer turn up several times a week. This individual was eventually dealt with by a local chap who followed the van to his home as the police failed to act on the info. That's a few things in the past few years. No charges ever brought in any case despite those involved admitting bring involved. So what is anti social behaviour/crime and a private matter for us to pursue in a county court or via our insurance. As a journalist I've found this poor response interesting and wonder what the response rates are for varying post codes. Maxwell's Ghost

7:41am Mon 10 Dec 12

Ian Chisnall says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I voted but not for her as I wanted someone in power who would stop all the illegal hunting that goes on in East Sussex. I did contact Katy about hunting before the election but never received a reply - exactly what I expected from a Conservative as they are all for repealing the Hunting Act and making it legal again - disgusting in my opinion.

I voted for the independent candidate as he bothered to reply to me and sounded the most geniuine to do something about it - I also believe politics should be left out of the police force and think an independent candidate would have been much better for the job - it's a shame others didn't bother to vote.
I am grateful for your vote, It was disappointing that more people did not vote on the day, but I understand that many felt unable to do so, primarily because they had not received enough information to make a decision. I hope that next time the election is fought (May 2016) that the Government of the day will ensure that all electors are able to choose in an informed way. If as this time they refuse to fund a free post to each address, that they ensure that each polling station and all public libraries have a list of candidates and their reason for standing.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I voted but not for her as I wanted someone in power who would stop all the illegal hunting that goes on in East Sussex. I did contact Katy about hunting before the election but never received a reply - exactly what I expected from a Conservative as they are all for repealing the Hunting Act and making it legal again - disgusting in my opinion. I voted for the independent candidate as he bothered to reply to me and sounded the most geniuine to do something about it - I also believe politics should be left out of the police force and think an independent candidate would have been much better for the job - it's a shame others didn't bother to vote.[/p][/quote]I am grateful for your vote, It was disappointing that more people did not vote on the day, but I understand that many felt unable to do so, primarily because they had not received enough information to make a decision. I hope that next time the election is fought (May 2016) that the Government of the day will ensure that all electors are able to choose in an informed way. If as this time they refuse to fund a free post to each address, that they ensure that each polling station and all public libraries have a list of candidates and their reason for standing. Ian Chisnall

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree