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Do you know who the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner is?
3:00pm Thursday 28th February 2013 in News
More people could identify the former Brighton pupil turned glamour girl as Katie Price than they could name the police and crime commissioner.
This comes as a national report found only one in 10 people could name their police and crime commissioner.
The report by the Electoral Reform Society found that 90% of people in England and Wales could not name their PCC.
The PCC elections turnout across Sussex was just 15.82%, only marginally better than the 15.1%nationally.
Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: “This was a flagship policy designed to reconnect the public and the police.
“Yet after spending £75million, nearly 90% of Britons have no idea who their elected police and crime commissioner even is.
“November’s bungled poll failed both candidates and voters.
Government mismanagement has handed our elected commissioners a poisoned chalice, and it remains unclear how they can overcome it.”
The Home Office has been criticised for not having the expertise or resources to run elections.
The department responded to the report by saying: “The Home Office will look at the points made, along with the conclusions of the Electoral Commission’s upcoming assessment.”
Ms Bourne said: “My greatest frustration prior to the election was that members of the public were not given sufficient information to understand my role and the opportunity that it brings for Sussex. However, I am working hard to reverse this by meeting as many residents as I can and I am always delighted to hear from them and address their concerns.”
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